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Sale Sharks Hooker Signs for Sale FC

The good news keeps on coming! Sale FC have signed Sale Sharks Hooker, Neil Briggs for the upcoming 2017-18 season. Neil has made more than 120 appearances for Sale Sharks over two spells including playing with side that won the Premiership trophy in 2006, he’s also played for Leicester Tigers and London Welsh RFC. This is a massive signing for Sale FC and demonstrates that Jonathan Keep‘s side aren’t resting on their second place success of last year. Neil comes to us not only as a Hooker but as part of his coach development will work alongside the Sale FC coaching team on specialist coaching issues. Neil will also be working with The Sale Sharks in their coaching set up. For the younger players in the squad, it’ll be invaluable having a player of his pedigree supporting their future development as well.

Breakfast with the Lions

Sale FC are organising a series of “Breakfast with the Lions” at Heywood Road during all three Test Matches this summer between the British and Irish Lions and New Zealand.

The breakfasts will be £10 for breakfast and a pint

24th June 7:30 am Opening the doors for Breakfast

1st July 7:30 am Opening the doors for Breakfast

8th July 7:30 am Opening the doors for Breakfast

Sale have a long history of players representing the British and Irish Lions dating back to 1910!

So far Sale FC have provided the following players who’ve all played at Heywood Road over the years.

Cap        Name                                              Year

175         ISHERWOOD, George Aldwyn          1910

411         PATTERSON, William Michael      1959

475         STAGG, Peter Kidner                1968

600         SMITH, Stephen James           1983

711         ROBINSON, Jason Thorpe          2001, 2005

734         CUETO, Mark John                      2005

742         SHERIDAN, Andrew John                   2005, 2009

743         HODGSON, Charles Christopher          2005

744         TITTERRELL, Andrew James                 2005

750         WHITE, Jason Philip Randall                 2005

Sale V Stourbridge

Sale 13 v Stourbridge 9

A bumper crowd of over 700 was in attendance at Heywood Road on Saturday to witness what was to be a hard fought victory over a tough Stourbridge side.

In a cagey opening quarter the main talking point was the brightly coloured change strip of Stourbridge. It was the Midlands outfit who drew first blood with an excellently converted penalty from Fly-Half Luke White in the 16th minute. Further indiscipline from Sale resulted in another penalty for Stourbridge in the 20th to put Stourbridge 0-6 up.

The first real action of the match came in he 25th minute when Sale number eight Tom Ailes produced some magical footwork to evade the Stourbridge defence in his own half and he charged up the field before flicking the ball right to Jack Moorhouse, fresh from scoring his 100th try for the club last week, to dive over in the corner. Captain, Liam McGovern added the extras to give Sale a 7-6 lead going into the break.

Stourbridge got the second half underway and the early exchanges matched that of the first. Indiscipline from both sides resulted in another penalty opportunity for Stourbridge which was coolly converted again by Luke White to give Stourbridge a 7-9 lead in the 49th minute.

Sale slowly started to excerpt control on the contest after this point and two penalties in quick succession by Sale fly-half Chris Johnson in the 62nd and 65th minutes gave Sale a 13-9 lead.

Sale retained control after this, largely keeping play in the Stourbridge half. Jack Moorhouse came closest with what looked to be a certain score, but a contender for tackle of the season by Stourbridge winger Ashley Elvers prevented him from going over.

Sale are now in 2nd place in National North 2. Level on points with Caldy and 1 point ahead of local rivals Sedgley Park in 3rd.