This Saturday we are back in action at Heywood Road. The CorpAcq Stadium sees the return of the team after the summer break to face Doncaster Knights at 2:00 pm. This is a return fixture from last year.
This weekend we have our first ever visit from Cinderford, a club promoted last season like ourselves from Level 4 rugby. They’ve had a slightly better start to their term in National One where they sit just three points ahead of us in the table. Due to the competitiveness of National One, those three points also mean they sit in Eighth while we languish way down in twelfth! Our first meeting away at theirs was also a similar close but distant story. We managed to get a bonus point, scoring five tries and 30 points, but Cinderford scored six tries and due to our indiscipline kept us from a losing bonus point by scoring 41. It was also the end of a remarkable 24 games undefeated for the boys from the CorpAcq stadium.
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This Saturday in our Remembrance Day match against Loughborough Students we have some returning players. After featuring in the Sale Sharks team playing in the Premiership Cup we have Kieran Wilkinson, Matthew Postlethwaite, Nic Dolly, Paolo Odogwu and Connor Doherty back in the side. With Rhys Davies and Jonty Rawcliffe moving to the bench, Mark Lawrence moving from the centre to full back this team is made up of 13 of the boys who won National 2 North last year. Kieran Wilkinson comes in for the departed Chris Johnson who has moved back to Huddersfield following the birth of his son. Elliot Hodgson gets his first start at Heywood Road and Ryan Parkinson gets his first start at Heywood Road in 11 years! The full team is here
A Club Statement
“The agreement between Sale Sharks and Sale FC Rugby has fantastic benefits for both clubs as we work together to grow rugby in the Northwest. We are very excited about what this means to both clubs and in particular how this will take Sale FC Rugby to where we believe it should be.”
Steve Smith, Chairman , Sale FC Rugby
Sale Sharks and Sale FC Rugby To Work Even Closer
Gallagher Premiership Rugby club Sale Sharks and National One side Sale FC Rugby have announced an initiative to work together more closely than ever before.
The venture entails support from the senior club, on and off the pitch, with Sale FC Rugby rising to Championship status part of the long-term ambition.
Since the advent of professionalism at Rugby Union clubs, the Sharks and the FC have been connected for over twenty five years. Indeed, the Sharks played at the iconic venue of Heywood Road until 2003.Sale FC Rugby have the history and Sale Sharks the professionalism.
They have now agreed to work together more closely than ever before.This latest move allows the two clubs to retain their own identities. They have devised a philosophy that will assist Sale FC Rugby in their ambition to play Championship Rugby whilst avoiding financial difficulties, and concurrently develop Sale Sharks into the strongest rugby franchise in the country.Sale Sharks will continue to invest into its own Academy and also into Sale FC Rugby, making all three teams stronger in their respective competitions.
Whilst both organisations will continue to be separate entities, operating independently in accordance with their status within the game, their rugby departments will co-operate fully.
Corpacq, Morson and Sale Sharks will invest sufficiently and liaise with Sale FC Rugby’s Executives to enable Sale FC Rugby to become a sustainable ‘break even’ business, thus securing the club for years to come.
Sale FC Rugby will benefit from the loan of senior and talented young players on a wider level of availability. Sale Sharks, who have players gaining on-field experience at several clubs, will be able to keep more players at a higher matchday fitness level.The ‘sharing’ of players will strengthen all teams and create a development pathway which all parties believe will be ‘second to none’.Furthermore, Sale FC Rugby will have access to the Sharks’ coaches, dietitians, kicking and scrum coaching expertise and rehabilitation staff.