Steve Diamond Shortlisted as Director of Rugby of the Season
28 April 2014 10:58am
By Dave Swanton
Sale Sharks Director of Rugby, Steve Diamond has been shortlisted for the Guinness Director of Rugby of the Season accolade.
Dimes is in good company, nominated alongside Saracens' Mark McCall, and Leicester Tigers' Richard Cockerill.
After a turbulent 2012/13 season, Steve Diamond has turned it around, with Sharks now guaranteed top-flight European rugby next year. Now guaranteed to finish in at least 6th place, the team is a long way away from where they were last season.
Sale Sharks would like to congratulate Steve Diamond on his nomination, alongside Dan Braid, who is also shortlisted for Player of the Season.
Captain Dan Braid's performances have been monumental throughout the season, and his leadership has been second to none on the field.
Steve Diamond said of his nomination: "I am delighted to be short listed for the award. We've been able to compete with the top teams in the league this year, and reached our first European quarterfinal for the first time since 2008. We're now looking to finish the season strongly and have a break before we start planning for next season"
Mark Cueto has today announced that he will retire from playing at the end of the current season. Mark is currently the All-Time Leading Try Scorer in the Aviva Premiership with 87 tries having overtaken former team mate Steve Hanley's record of 75 tries in February 2013.
Despite trailing by three points at the interval, Sale Sharks European Cup campaign ended at Thomond Park to a Munster side who were desperate to finish on a winning note after failing to qualify for the Quarter Finals.
Sale Sharks' European campaign this season has been a case of what might have been but back-row forward Mark Easter insists he and his teammates can hold their heads high even if it ends without a win.
Danny Cipriani has been called up to the England EPS Squad ahead of this season's Six Nations, and Ross Harrison has been called up for the England Saxons squad for their match against Irish Wolfhounds on Friday 30th January.