The announcements by Premiership Rugby and the Ligue Nationale de Rugby (LNR) on 10th September confirmed that the Top 14 and Premiership Rugby clubs had instructed their leagues to put in place a new competition in time for the 2014/15 Season.
It is now confirmed that the competition will be named the Rugby Champions Cup.
The Rugby Champions Cup will be open to teams from all three leagues in Europe.
The competition will be based on the principles of qualification on merit, a strong competition format, equality between the leagues, higher commercial values for the teams and expansion into new European markets.
The Top 14 and Premiership Rugby clubs have already confirmed their participation in the new competition and a joint working group has been created to prepare all necessary elements in good time for the 2014/15 season.
Further details concerning the competition format, marketing and financial aspects of the Rugby Champions Cup will be communicated in October.
The fixtures for the A league have been released and Sale Jets will once again play their games at Heywood Road. The exact dates and ties have yet to be finalised and we will advise you the supporters when we can confirm them.
Following his tour of New Zealand with England Danny Cipriani was interviewed my GiveMeSport and had lots to say about the tour and next season. Danny said, "I've just got back from my holiday, and it was good to get a break in the sun and spend some time abroad with my good mate James [Haskell]. He is a top lad."
The balmy summer weather and pre-match hype in the Manchester Evening News and on BBC Radio Manchester ensured a good crowd turned up to watch a classic football v rugby cross code challenge as the Sale Sharks Supporters Club and Sale Sharks Community Coaches took on an Altrincham FC Supporters and staff side at the neutral sport of T20 cricket; a match sponsored by Plas Coch to open the Ashley Beer and Food Festival.
A five star holiday home park situated on Anglesey in North Wales is preparing for a raft of sharks to arrive this week. Plas Coch Holiday Home Park is playing host to Sale Sharks RUFC as they moor their rafts at Plas Coch's private slipway and make their way to the park for a sumptuous barbecue.