Premiership Rugby notes the statement issued this evening concerning the proposed new European club rugby competitions for the 2014/15 season.
There is no detail concerning the teams involved or the competition format given the absence of so many teams.
The English and French clubs served notice on ERC and its competitions on 1st June 2012 and the required notice period concludes after the end of this season when the Accord will terminate.
Today's announcement would appear to indicate that the latest negotiations have been ended, as was the case in September 2013. As a result, we shall continue to implement the plans underway for the Rugby Champions Cup with the declared participants in time for the 2014-15 season, as required by our clubs and communicated in the joint statement of 10 September 2013 and subsequent media statements.
The two new competitions will be based on:
* Qualification on merit
* A strong competition format
* Equality between the leagues
* Higher commercial values for the teams
* Expansion into new markets.
Michael Paterson was described by Steve Diamond as the key addition to the squad and seemed to be right in doing so. Michael mentioned it was a proud moment to see his name in the Aviva Premiership team of the year further adding to the outstanding season that Sale had enjoyed.
Having only started playing the game at school, it has become apparent that Ross Harrison is becoming the rising star for the Sharks squad. Having stated he was lucky to be where he is today, his passion and desire to succeed shone through as he continues to progress.
The draw for the LV Cup took place earlier and Sale Sharks were drawn in Pool 2 alongside Northampton,London Irish and Cardiff Blues. As in previous seasons the fixtures will be played against teams from another Group, and our fixtures see us playing against Wasps,Leicester Tigers, Newcastle Falcons and Scarlets from Pool 3.