Feb 26, 2016
Ten Things To Know About Sale Sharks
Ahead of Saracens round 14 clash agaisnt Sale Sharks, saracens.com takes a closer look at the North West giants and their long illustrious history in the game of Rugby Union.
1. Danny Cipriani may have decided to move to Wasps at the end of the season in pursuit of England honours but it is not all bad news for Sharks’ fans. Centre Sam James has signed a new two-year deal after coming through the academy and establishing himself in the first-team this season.
2. Sale lost their last game against Worcester, but won four in a row in the Premiership before that. Saracens have won 11 of 13 games this season; however their two defeats have come in their last five games.
3. Sale moved to the AJ Bell Stadium, which they share with the Salford Red Devils rugby league team, in 2012. Their home for 98 years was Heywood Road but they left there in 2003.
4. The club was founded in 1861 and is one of the oldest in the country but it took the club until 2006 to become the English league champions. They have tasted European success twice in 2002 and 2005.
5. These two teams have faced each other 37 times in Premiership history – Saracens winning 26 and Sale 11. Saracens have won 12 of their last 14 matches against Sale Sharks in the Premiership.
6. Sale ruled the roost in county cup rugby for 15 straight seasons as they went unbeaten from 1972 to 1987 in every one of those cup fixtures. Their longest unbeaten run stretches 26 matches (winning 24, drawing two) set in 1911.
7. The Sharks’ record at home in the Premiership is: played 207, won 128, lost 70 and drew nine.
8. Pat Davies is counted as Sale's first international, having been picked to play for England in 1927 and the club has a rich tradition in having players selected to represent the Red Rose, including World Cup winners Jason Robinson and Trevor Woodman.
9. Danny Cipriani is unsurprisingly the club’s top point scorer in the league this season with 97 in 12 games, whilst Neville Edwards has scored five tries in six appearances.
10. Sale’s biggest ever win came in a 93-0 drubbing of Rugby Roma in 2001. However the most points scored in a game came against El Salvador in 2010, the Sharks scored 97 points with 11 of the 15 tries being converted.