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Johnny Leota: My National One experience.

Johnny Leota (c) John Marfleet/Sale FC Squad Pictures 2018/19

With Johnny Leota being an integral part of the Sale FC Rugby squad this season during our first season in National League One, and being a member of the Sale Sharks squad too.

Talking Rugby Union caught up with Johnny Leota to find out about his time in National League One with the blue and whites, and also life after rugby including Johnny gaining a degree in Business Leadership and Management.

To read more about Johnny’s National League One experiences and also his first column for Talking Rugby Union please follow the link here

Calle Rivas signs for Sale FC

Spanish International Emiliano Calle Rivas joins Sale FC Rugby

Sale FC Rugby are delighted to announce the signing of Spanish International Emiliano Calle Rivas from Aparejadores Rugby Burgos in Spain.

Sale FC Rugby are delighted to announce the signing of Spanish International Fly Half Emiliano Calle Rivas from Aparejadores Rugby Burgos in Spain.  Emi (as he prefers to be known) will join up with the squad with immediate effect, having left the Spanish club recently to join up with the squad for the remaining months of our National One Rugby campaign.

So far during his playing career, Emi has played for a number of clubs in Europe including European Challenge Cup side Timisoara Saracens in Romania during their 2015/16 and 2016/17 campaigns, followed by a spell at his most recent side UBU Colina Clinic from the 2017/2018 season up to the present time (also known as Club Deportivo Aparejadores Rugby Burgos).

Emi has also represented his adopted country of Spain, playing at Fly Half on two occasions for the Tier 2 Nation. He was also due to join the current training camp with the Spanish national side but has been granted leave allowing him to complete his move to Sale FC Rugby.

New Signing Emiliano Calle Rivas wearing his Club Deportivo Aparejadores Rugby Burgos shirt.

Upon announcing the signing of Emi, Director of Rugby Jonathan Keep said “We are pleased to be able to announce the signing of Emiliano. We had been made aware of the availability of Emiliano recently via a number of contacts and watched some footage of him recently playing for Spain and we feel he has a lot to offer our side. We have struggled for consistency at fly half since the departure of Chris Johnson back in November due to family commitments, alongside Kieran Wilkinson who has been heavily involved with Sale Sharks in their cup matches, so we are looking to firm up our half back partnership going forward, and Emiliano will play a huge part in this.”

Emiliano will join up with the squad tomorrow (Tuesday evening) and will train twice this week before our fixture against Old Elthamians away this coming Saturday.If you would like to sponsor Emiliano for the 2018/2019 season please contact Marketing@Salefc.com

Player Profile:

Name: Emiliano Calle Rivas

DoB: 20th June 1994

Place of Birth: Mendoza (Argentina)

Height: 1.78m (5ft 10ins)

Weight: 84kgs (13st 2lbs)

Previous Clubs: Timisoara Saracens, UBU Colina Clinic (Club Deportivo Aparejadores Burgos)

Representative Honours: Spain (2 appearances) recent appearance v Namibia 17th November 2018