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Connor Doherty to face the Junior Springboks

England U20’s select Connor Doherty to face the Junior Springboks in Coventry.

Connor Doherty of England U20 poses for a headshot during a Development Camp at Bisham Abbey – Rogan/JMP – 06/01/2019 – Bisham Abbey – Marlow, England.

Tomorrow Evening (Friday 26th April) England U20’s are playing the Junior Springboks at the Butts Arena, home of Coventry Rugby, Kick Off is 7.30pm and is being streamed live on EnglandRugby.com.

The game against the Junior Springboks will serve as a vital test for the U20’s squad before the U20’s World Championships commence in June this year in Argentina.

Amongst the squad selected by Head Coach Steve Bates, is Sale Sharks Academy and Sale FC player Connor Doherty, who played a part earlier this season in the U20’s Six Nations campaign. Connor is also joined by Sharks Academy team mate Gus Warr.

This game is the second successive fixture against the Junior Springboks as the last one in 2018 took place at Worcester Warrior’s Sixways Stadium, once again as vital preparation for the U20’s World Championships.

When discussing the game’s importance, Head Coach Steve Bates said
“Last year’s match against South Africa was an important match in that it highlighted areas we needed to tighten before we played our first fixture at the Championship in France, while it also gave us an opportunity to play against one of the main contenders for the tournament. We learned a lot about their physicality and how they played and it proved to be a real eye opener for the squad as to what to expect from one of the southern hemisphere nations.”

The squad selected for the game is as follows:

15. Josh Hodge (Newcastle Falcons), 14. Charlie Powell (Bristol Bears), 13. Sam Spink (Wasps), 12. Connor Doherty (Sale Sharks), 11. Jake Morris (Gloucester Rugby), 10. Manu Vunipola (Saracens), 9. Gus Warr (Sale Sharks), 1. Olly Adkins (Gloucester Rugby), 2. Alfie Barbeary (Wasps) – Bloxham School, 3. Marcus Street (Exeter Chiefs), 4. Joel Kpoku (Saracens), 5. James Scott (Worcester Warriors), 6. Tom Willis (Wasps) – Captain, 7. Andy Christie (Saracens), 8. Rusiate Tuima (Exeter Chiefs)

Replacements 16. Kai Owen (Worcester Warriors), 17. Ben Atkins (London Irish), 18. Alfie Petch (Exeter Chiefs), 19. Jon Kpoku (Saracens), 20. Izaiha Moore-Aiono (London Irish), 21. Ollie Fox (Yorkshire Carnegie), 22. Will Haydon-Wood (Newcastle Falcons), 23. Jack Reeves (Gloucester Rugby)

Sale Jets v Wasps

Easter Monday sees the Sale Jets in action at the CorpAcq Stadium

This Monday Evening, why not come along to the CorpAcq Stadium to watch Sale Jets play in their final Premiership Shield Rugby campaign.

The visitors this Monday are Wasps, who like Sale Jets have had an indifferent season with both sides finishing in the bottom three of the competition, therefore not making the final stages of the Premiership Shield.

However, it was Sale Jets who came out on top at Broadstreet Rugby Club earlier on in the season winning the game by 39-27. In what is surely going to be an amazing encounter to end the season on, why not come along and enjoy watching some Premiership stars of the future.

Kick off at the CorpAcq Stadium is 7.30pm, with admission being Adults £10, Concessions £8, Sale FC Members, Sale Sharks Season Ticket Holders and Children U16 FREE.

Please keep and eye on the Sale Sharks website here and also on Sale Sharks Twitter feed here for more details about this and other games.

Doherty gets England U19’s call up.

Connor Doherty gets selected for England U19’s squad after great U20’s campaign experience.

Connor Doherty of England U20 poses for a headshot during a Development Camp at Bisham Abbey – Rogan/JMP – 06/01/2019 – Bisham Abbey – Marlow, England.

Sale FC Rugby and Sale Sharks are delighted to announce that Connor Doherty has been selected by the England coaching staff to play in the U19’s side that will face Wales in a one off test match against Wales U19’s at the Morganstone Brewery Field, home of Bridgend RFC on Sunday 7th April.

The game is a continuation of the current U18’s programme, that saw England play against Scotland and France over the last month, as well as a follow up to their tour of South Africa last August.

Alongside Connor who played in the England U20’s Six Nations campaign, there are also call ups for Alfie Barbeary (Wasps), Richard Capstick (Exeter Chiefs), Josh Hodge (Newcastle Falcons), Samson Ma’asi (Northampton Saints), Sam Maunder (Exeter Chiefs), Rusiame Tuima (Exeter Chiefs) and Jack Reeves (Gloucester Rugby).

Additionally in this squad Connor is also joined by Sharks Academy team mates Tom Curtis (England U18’s), Cal Ford, Bevan Rodd (Uncapped Member of current U20’s squad).

Speaking ahead of the game and the current U18’s programme England Player Pathway Coach Jim Mallinder said “Among other things, the fixture gives us an opportunity to look at a particular group of players who have not yet fully transitioned into the U20s Elite Player Squad,”

He went on to add “It gives us progression through the season which started with the summer development tour, where we took a young U18 squad to South Africa before our two U18 fixtures for our 1 September and 1 January birthday age groups before this U19s fixture.”

“Whichever England team you take to Wales it is always a tough fixture and it is a challenge the players should embrace.” said Mallinder.

The U18’s Player Pathway programme is led by Performance Coaches Steve Bates and Jim Mallinder, who are supported by the Consultant Coaching team of Mark Luffman, Sean Marsden and Jonathan Fisher.

Upon hearing the news of Connor’s selection for the England U19’s squad President James Hourihan said “We at Sale FC Rugby are immensely proud of Connor and the work he has put in over the last couple of seasons, which has then led to him receiving the recognition for England U19’s and U20’s this season that he rightly deserves. I hope that the younger players at the club will see what Connor has done, and then take inspiration from this to go on from there. Once again congratulations to Connor and good luck on Sunday!”

The full squad for the game against Wales which is being shown on S4C 2pm on Sunday 7th April is as follows:

Alfie Barbeary – Wasps (Bloxham School), Harry Barlow – Harlequins, Richard Capstick – Exeter Chiefs, Jack Clement – Gloucester Rugby (Cheltenham College), Tom Curtis – Sale Sharks (Sedbergh School), Connor Doherty – Sale Sharks, Cal Ford – Sale Sharks, Will Haydon-Wood – Newcastle Falcons (Sedbergh School), Josh Hodge – Newcastle Falcons, Joe Howard – Gloucester Rugby (Hartpury College), Jonny Law – Leicester Tigers (Rugby School), Louis Lynagh – Harlequins (Hampton School), Samson Ma’asi – Northampton Saints, Sam Maunder – Exeter Chiefs, Will Montgomery – Newcastle Falcons, Izaiha Moore-Aiono – London Irish, Jacob Morris – Gloucester Rugby, Zac Nearchou – Wasps (Radley College), Jack Reeves – Gloucester Rugby, Bevan Rodd – Sale Sharks, Hugh Tizard – Harlequins, Rus Tuima – Exeter Chiefs, James Whitcombe – Leicester Tigers (Woodhouse Grove).

Sale Jets v Leicester Tigers

Premiership Shield action at the CorpAcq Stadium this evening.

Tonight sees the Sale Jets take on Leicester Tigers in Premiership Shield action this evening here at the CorpAcq Stadium. Kick Off for the game is 7.30pm with admission prices as follows:

Sale FC Rugby and Sale Sharks Season Ticket Holders FREE, Non-Members £5 and Children U16 FREE!

The bar will be open this evening, as well as there being teas and coffees available too. So why not come along and enjoy an evening of rugby with us.

Head Coach Neil Briggs has named the following Jets side this evening, with a few familiar faces in the line up that includes Gaz Rawlings, Emiliano Calle Rivas, Chris Owen, Jonty Rawcliffe, Ed O’Keeffe, Calvin Wellington.

On the bench there are also a couple of familiar faces in Ollie Longmore and Stone Priestley-Nangle amongst the reserves.

Sharks quartet feature in U20’s finale

Four Sale Sharks Academy players all feature in the U20’s Six Nations Campaign finale.

England U20’s team to face Scotland at Franklins Gardens on Friday 15th March.

Head Coach Steve Bates has rung the changes for England’s final U20’s Six Nations match at Franklin’s Gardens this Friday night.

In total there are eight changes to the starting line up, with a large number of the players selected making their first appearance of the tournament, one such player is Sharks Gus Warr who is also on loan to Fylde Rugby this season, who is on the replacements bench.

There are also starts for Sharks Academy players Cameron Redpath and Arron Reed (both have featured for Sale FC Rugby this season), who make returns after playing senior roles for the Sharks against Leicester Tigers last weekend.

The other Shark to feature in the match day 23 is Fly Half Kieran Wilkinson (another member of the Sale FC Rugby squad this season) who is amongst the replacements as back up to Bishop’s Stortford’s Manu Vunipola (yes he is related to the Saracens duo!).

Here is the full line up for the U20’s team to face Scotland on Friday Evening on Sky Sports (7.45pm Kick Off):

15. Tom de Glanville (Bath Rugby), 14. Ollie Hassell-Collins (London Irish), 13. Ollie Lawrence (Worcester Warriors), 12. Cameron Redpath (Sale Sharks), 11. Arron Reed (Sale Sharks), 10. Manu Vunipola (Saracens), 9. Ollie Fox (Yorkshire Carnegie), 1. Kai Owen (Worcester Warriors), 2. Samson Ma’asi (Northampton Saints), 3. Joe Heyes (Leicester Tigers), 4. Alex Coles (Northampton Saints), 5. James Scott (Worcester Warriors), 6. Tom Willis (Wasps), 7. Aaron Hinkley (Gloucester Rugby), 8. Rusiate Tuima (Exeter Chiefs)

Replacements: 16. Alfie Barbeary (Wasps), 17. Olly Adkins (Gloucester Rugby), 18. Alfie Petch (Exeter Chiefs), 19. Jon Kpoku (Saracens), 20. Richard Capstick (Exeter Chiefs), 21. Gus Warr (Sale Sharks), 22. Kieran Wilkinson (Sale Sharks), 23. Josh Hodge (Newcastle Falcons)

Cameron Redpath of England U20 poses for a headshot at Bisham Abbey – Rogan/JMP – 26/01/2019 – Bisham Abbey – Marlow, England.