Feb 26, 2016
Five Players to Watch – Sale Sharks
One of the Aviva Premiership's toughest opponents, especially when on home turf, the Sale Sharks have once again showed that the league's Northern Soul is as stromg as ever.
With a talented squad made up of home grown stars and hard-working imports, Steve Diamond has put together a group of players who have proven to be a match for any side in the competition.
Here, we take a look at five key players Sarries fans should look out for:
The Samoan international has made more than 100 appearances for the Sharks since joining from the Hurricanes in 2011 and has scored nearly as many points. He has formed a formidable centre partnership with Sam James and will be looking to put the Sarries defence under pressure from the start.
Another Samoan who has made Sale his home since moving from New Zealand, where he had spells with Wellington, Otago and the Highlanders. The combative back-row forward will never shy away from a battle.
Some say he was unfortunate not to make Stuart Lancaster’s World Cup squad, some say he dodged a bullet. The enigmatic fly-half is still determined to make an international return and has turned down big-money moves to France in that pursuit. He will be hoping a dominant display against the country’s premier team will keep him in Eddie Jones’ thoughts.
The 21-year-old is a local lad who has broken into the first team and looks set to have a promising career. He is a former England Under-16 Player of the Year and Under-18 international and will want a senior call up in the future. He is not the only sport star in his family – his dad represented Great Britain’s judo team.
Many people approaching their 40th birthday would be looking to wind down their physical exertions but Stringer defies the rules. The former Sarries, Bath, Munster and Ireland scrum-half began his career in 1998 and has made over 300 club appearances and received 98 international caps.