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Sale FC M&J Coaches Go BIG!

A group of dads, coaches and Vets players from Sale FC Rugby took up the challenge of cycling the length of Hadrian’s Wall, in an attempt to raise money for our clubs official charity ‘The Alex Hulme Foundation’. We are a family club at Sale FC Rugby and this charity is very close to our hearts. 

The challenge took place over the weekend of the 25th & 26th May and saw us start at Carlisle Castle and cycling east to the fort at South Shields on tracks and cross country for approx. 90 miles. They views were stunning and the people we met during the challenge were very supportive and even made donations that went to our total raised.

Although this was a very difficult challenge we all finished together and had a brilliant time. We were motivated through the challenge to do all we could to help the Foundation and with the responses we got to our social media update videos throughout both days, kept our spirits. We would like to thank everyone who donated to help us raise over £5,200.00 to the Alex Hulme Foundation.

Pantelis Goes International

At 17 years and 52 days old Pantelis Stylianou is the youngest ever player to be called up for the Cypriot National Rugby team and the youngest ever player in the tournaments history. Playing at the European Rugby 7s Conference in Belgrade Serbia over the weekend of 8/9 June 2019. Although the team narrowly missed out on progressing in the Conference Cup itself, which would have led to an Olympic qualifier competition, they did however win the Conference Trophy with an emphatic final game win over Austria.

Pantelis was the only player in the squad to play in all 6 games. He scored 4 tries, which also makes him the youngest ever try scorer and was voted the Cypriot player of the tournament by his team mates and management. The team won 4, drew 1 and only lost 1 game (by a 1 point difference), quite an achievement for a small island team.

Due to Pantelis’s performance he has been selected for trials for the National XV squad in August, ready for next seasons European fixtures. Pantelis was one of the original members of Sale FC M&Js program, progressing through the age groups and finally playing two years up for the Senior Colts 2 seasons ago.

He is continuing to train with the Sale FC senior squad and is hoping now that he is 17, he will play for the senior team in the forthcoming season. Pantelis says

It was a fantastic feeling and I’m very proud to be part of an international team.

It was a great experience and definitely one I would like to repeat. Obviously its a different type of game from XVs rugby that takes some getting used to but, Im glad I played my part well and helped the team make a good impression at the tournament

England Counties vs Georgia XV

This afternoon Neil Briggs and Andy Hughes take on a tough Georgia XV the kick of is 1500 British time and is live streamed on here. This is Andy’s second tour with England Counties with the ever youthful Neil Briggs on his maiden tour.

Andy Hughes said:

This is a great opportunity to represent your country against a tough Georgian team known for their forward power. Training has been intense and with a high skill set, we should be able to meet the challenge ahead.

Andy Hughes training with England Counties in Georgia

England U20s News

  • England U20s – Tries: Sleightholme 2, Seabrook Cons: Vunipola Pens: Vunipola 3
  • Ireland U20s – Tries: Flannery. Moore, McCann 2, Healy, Hodnett. Cons: Flannery 2, Healy 4

England U20s lost their opening game of the World Rugby U20 Championship, beaten 42-26 by Ireland in Sante Fe, Argentina.

The side will next take on Italy on Saturday 8 June (KO 7.30pm BST) in Sante Fe before ending their Pool B campaign against Australia on 12 June.  Read More Here

England vs Ireland Highlights