Players are starting to arrive back at Carrington ahead of the new season. Yesterday Nathan Hines and Darren Fearn arrived to meet up with Head of Performance Adam Grainger.
Club Captain Dan Braid is also in every day stepping up his rehabilitation following minor knee surgery that kept him out of the last few games. Dan is buoyant after the All Blacks win over England last weekend and believes the remaining tests will be full blooded affairs with New Zealand keen to step up their game and England capable of pushing them all the way. On hearing the news about the European Rugby Champions Cup draw against Saracens, Munster and Clermont Dan said, "It's an exciting prospect to be pitched against these clubs and playing intense games like these are what every professional player wants."
Will Addison who was injured in the narrow defeat to Saracens last November has been a regular visitor to Carrington for his rehabilitation and he is expected to be fit for the start of the new season.
The remaining players, not on international duty, return to training next Friday the 20th June.
The Aviva Fixtures will be released on 4th July and shortly afterwards we are expecting the dates for the first four rounds of the European Rugby Champions Cup. We will also be able to announce our LV Fixtures during July.
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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.
Steve Diamond has admitted that the experience of this season's European Rugby Champions Cup has made him and his squad even more determined to finish in the Top Six of the Aviva Premiership and so book their passage into next season's European showpiece.