- Sale Sharks
teamname = Sale Sharks
fullname = Sale Sharks Rugby Union Football Club
founded = 1861
capacity = 10,852
coach = flagicon|France
captain = flagicon|Argentina
Juan Fernández Lobbe
season = 2007-08
position = 5th
url = www.salesharks.com
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Sale Sharks are a professional
rugby unionteam who play in Englandin the Guinness Premiership.
The club is an offshoot of Sale F.C., which is based in
Sale, Greater Manchester, but Sharks currently play in Stockportat Edgeley Park, ground sharing with Stockport County F.C.
Part of the process of creating a rugby union team to represent the North West region has been in the development of a strong academy. Through their junior team The Jets (Presumably named to go alongside The Sharks as a reference to
West Side Story) , the club has developed many talented home-grown players, including; Steve Hanley, Mark Cueto, Dean Schofield, Chris Jones, Andy Titterrelland Charlie Hodgson.
The club was founded in 1861 and is one of the oldest clubs in English rugby. Throughout their history they have been one of the leading rugby union clubs in the North of England.
Sale were unbeaten in 26 matches, winning 24 and drawing two in 1911.
Sale's first English representative was Pat Davies in 1927. The club has consistently provided international players and, during the 1930s, had one of its most dominant periods, fielding players of the calibre of
Hal Sever(England), Claude Daveyand Wilfred Wooller(Wales) and Ken Fyfe(Scotland). It came as little surprise when they took out the 1936 Middlesex Sevens.Sale ruled the roost in county cup rugby for 15 straight seasons as they went unbeaten from 1972 to 1987 in every one of those cup fixtures. During this period, Sale competed for the chance to be English club champions. In their first year, one after the inaugural competition kicked off in 1971, they made the semi-finals only to lose to eventual winners Coventry 35-6.
During the nineties, despite thrilling displays under Paul Turner, and his successor John Mitchell, both club and ground struggled to keep a grip on the demanding commercial and financial realities of running a professional rugby club.
Sale took 20,000 fans to Twickenham for the
1997Pilkington Cup Final but Leicester won a mistake ridden match 9-3. This interest quickly faded and the anticipated increased crowds never materialised and relegation from the Premier Division loomed until rugby union-playing local businessman Brian Kennedy came to the rescue late in the 1999- 2000season. Since then, the club has been on a sound financial footing.
Off the field,
Peter Deakinwas recruited from Warrington Wolvesrugby league as Chief Executive to employ the skills he had used with the Bradford Bullsand Saracens and he made an immediate impact in raising the club's profile until hit by the serious illness which claimed his life in February 2003.
Success was not immediate; Sale Sharks finished eleventh and tenth in the 12-strong Premiership table in the first two years of the new Millennium. It took the coaching partnership of two former Sale players,
Jim Mallinderand Steve Diamond, to produce a team that were 2002runners-up and qualified for the Heineken Cup.
Player signings matched the elevated profile of the club. Scotland skipper
Bryan Redpathwas joined by Stuart Pinkerton, Barry Stewart, Graeme Bond, Jason White and Andrew Sheridan. The club then turned to the wealth of talent, hitherto largely untapped, in Rugby League. Apollo Perelini, known as "The Terminator" for his uncomprimising style, joined Sale Sharks the day after helping St Helens to victory in the Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford and the media had a field day when Jason Robinson, possibly the most exciting wing in the world in either code, moved to Sale from Wigan Warriors.
During the close season of
2003, the company Cheshire Sports had been created, with The Sharks moving to share the Stockport County F.C.pitch at Edgeley Park. The all-seater capacity of over ten thousand, the enhanced entertaining facilities and the broadcast-quality floodlights emphasised the potential which Heywood Road could never have provided; however, the club still uses Heywood Road for reserve and under-21 matches.
The early months of
2004saw the departure of Steve Diamond and later Jim Mallinder, and the arrival of ex-French International and former Gloucester and Bourgoin coach, Philippe Saint-Andréas Director of Rugby from the start of the 2004-5 season.
On the field, the international profile has been extended with the addition to the squad of
Sébastien Chabaland Sébastien Bruno.
In the season which followed the Sale Sharks won their second
European Challenge Cupat the Kassam Stadiumin Oxford, with a convincing 27-3 victory over French side Pau, two tries by Charlie Hodgsonand one each by Mark Cuetoand Andy Titterellending the season in style. The game saw Sale say goodbye to two club legends, Bryan Redpathand Jos Baxendell, who announced their retirement from rugby after the game.
The 2005 British Lions tour to New Zealand included six Sharks players, and with crowds now topping 10,000 on a regular basis, Sale Sharks are the North West's most successful and highest profile rugby union club and one of the top sides in Europe. They finished on top of the ladder of the
2005-06 Guinness Premiership, and went on to win the final, where they defeated the Leicester Tigers45 to 20 at a rainy Twickenham. They became the first side to finish at the top of the league, to then go on and win in the semi-final and final to become the champions.
For the coming 2008/09 Guinness Premiership season, Sale Sharks unveiled another new look kit. For the first time the new look contemporary kit features the Sharks fin on the front of the shirt. The new kit is a continuation of the evolution of Sale Sharks kit that was started for the 2006/07 season. The home and away kits are navy-blue and white, inverted.
After the success of the 2005/06 season many at the club had hoped for a repeat and with a strong squad boosted by several quality players including England Saxons centre Chris Bell, Former Wales prop
Ben Evansand Argentina flanker Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbeit seemed likely. However over the autumn months an injury crisis began with the loss of Scotland capain Jason White to a knee injury whilst playing against Romania. More bad news followed with England fly half Charlie Hodgsonand England prop Andrew Sheridanfalling to knee and ankle injuries respectively. More and more injuries were picked up over the following months until Sale were left with only 17 of a 38 man squad fit to play in their final Heineken cup match against the Ospreys. (Source: Sale sharks website)
In 2007-8, it was World Cup year so we were without some of out big names e.g. Jason White,
Andrew Sheridan, Sebastien Chabaletc. But we still had Charlie Hodgsonwho amazingly wasn’t picked for England . Sale appointed James Jenningsas the new Chief Executive and Dean Schofieldas the new captain. Sale had signed some good players including Rory Lamont, Brent Cockbain, Rudi Keil, Julien Laharragueand Scott Lawsonbut the biggest signing had to be Luke McAlisterfrom the Blues in New Zealand. Signing him was said to be one of the biggest singings Sale had ever made. The season was up and down in parts though. The up parts were; seeing Ben Fodenprogress at full back to become a superb player, beating Leicester Tigershome and away was a first plus seeing Richard Wigglesworth play for England for the first time was a plus. The academy players also became an integrial part to the squad ( Neil Briggs, Sean Cox, Will Cliff). However, the low points were not qualifying for the semi finals in the Premiership or win a trophy as they were targets at the beginning of the season . Overall it was a mixed season. (Source: Sale sharks website)
At the end of the season, several players left the club:
Ben Foden, Chris Mayorand Ignacio Fernández Lobbeall signed for Northampton Saints, where they were joined by Christian Day. Sililo Martensjoined Llanelli Scarletswhile Magnus Lund, Julien Laharragueand Ben Evansjoined teams in France.
During the closed season the retirement through injury of Steve Hanley was announced. On 19th August 2008, Juan Fernandez Lobbe was announced as the captain for the new season, replacing Jason White who was still recovering from a serious knee injury last season.
Sebastien Chabaland Dean Schofieldwere announced as vice-captains.
A new Premiership record of 4 games without leaking a try was set at the start of the season, these games were Newcastle (A), Saracens (H), Bristol (A) and Gloucester (H).
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New Signings for 2008-09 season
Sale Sharks have signed the following players to play in the team this season:
Current England Elite Squad
Current England Saxons Squad
Other Internationally Capped Players
* Juan Fernández Lobbe
* Stuart Turner
* Jason White
Carl FearnsFL, England under-18s
Alex ShawBR, England under-20s
Dan BirchallPR, England under-19s
Martin HalsallPR, England under-21s
Martin HalsallPR, England under-21s
Marc JonesHK, Wales under-20s
Chris LeckSH, England under-18s
James GaskellLK, England under-18s
Tom HolmesLK, England under-18s
Lee ImiolekPR, England under-18s
Ed StylesFB, England under-16s
Jonny KennedyCE, England under-18s
Jordan DaviesFB/WG, England under-18s
Mark AtkinsonFH, England under-18s
Pete SwatkinsFB/WG, England under-18s
Ryan GlynnSH, England under-16s
Notable Former Players
* Parker Pen Shield 2002 2005
* [http://www.mymanchesteronline.co.uk/siteadmin.asp?UserSiteId=200&UserPageId=1370&PageStyleId=3&PageTypeId=1 History of the Sale Sharks (from mymanchesteronline]
* [http://www.nobok.co.uk/page/RugbyTeamsDetail/0,,10301~791692,00.html History of the Sale Sharks (from Nobok)]
* [http://www.salesharks.com Official site]
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/manchester/sport/rugby/union_index.shtml BBC]
* [http://www.salerugby.co.uk Fansite]
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