John Mitchell has returned prematurely to South Africa for personal reasons
Brian Kennedy commented, " John was brought in on a consultancy basis with a view to the possibility of being employed in a longer term position within Sale Sharks. He has had to return to South Africa for personal reasons which we respect. We are grateful for his valuable and insightful contributions albeit for a shorter term than envisaged. Steve Diamond, Bryan Redpath and Pete Anglesea will continue to coach the side, implementing many of John's ideas, and building on last nights excellent performance."
Sale Sharks are looking to take the next step and break into Aviva Premiership Rugby's top six but the club's head of community operations Jonny Acheson is adamant their grassroots work is already among the best in the country.
In the run up to the Aviva Premiership Fixture announcement on Friday, we thought we'd look back at the all the previous encounters of the sides in the Premiership since 2000! Do you remember any of these encounters? Let us know via Twitter or Facebook.