MICHAEL PATERSON has joined the England tour squad in Dunedin. Michael was one of the Aviva Premiership stand out players last season and thoroughly deserves his call up.
The 29-year-old forward trained with the group today ahead of the game against the Crusaders in his native Christchurch next Tuesday.
England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: "We wanted some second row cover and with Michael having trained with us leading up to the Barbarians game and knowing our systems it made sense to call on him as he was in Christchurch visiting family. He trained well with us this morning and will be in contention for selection for what is an important match against the Crusaders."
Sale Sharks entertain Gloucester at the AJ Bell Stadium on Sunday afternoon (kick off 2pm) knowing that a win will keep up the pressure on the leading pack and help earn a place in the elite European Competition next term.
Sale Sharks have re-scheduled the fans evening, and the new date is Tuesday 5th May at the AJ Bell Stadium, starting at 5-30pm for dressing room tours, club shop and ticket office with the players in attendance from 7pm.
After a week off, the lads are now back in training heading into the final run-in of the Aviva Premiership starting with Gloucester at The AJ Bell Stadium next Sunday afternoon, (29th March) kick off at 2pm.