The players returned to Carrington on Monday morning to start their pre season training. One player however who has been in most days since the season ended is Dan Braid who is undergoing rehabilitation on his knee injury sustained in the pre game build up at Bath in March.
Dan said, " The knee is improving with every session I do. I have not started running on it yet but that will be taking place very soon."
One player who Dan met for the first time on Monday was new signing Nathan Hines. Dan said, " I have never played against Nathan but he is a real athlete, putting in extra time on everything we do. Nathan is going to be a great addition to the squad."
Asked about the All Blacks tour that the England team have just taken part in Dan said, " I thought England were very competitive in the first two games but the All Blacks upped the pace in the final test and England were well beaten. I was impressed with Danny Cipriani on the tour, he didn't get a lot of game time in the Tests but when he came on he showed what he can do. His display against Crusaders was Danny at his best and he should be proud of his efforts on the tour."
We asked Dan on his thoughts on the Aviva Premiership Final between Northampton and Saracens. Dan said, "I was glad that Northampton won, they play an attractive brand of rugby and are very positive. It was a massive clash between the best two teams in the Premiership and great to watch."
Finally we discussed the European draw that pitches Sale Sharks in with Munster, Clermont and Saracens. Dan said, "That is one tough group, but it's tough for all the teams and we aim to do as we did last year and fly under the radar. At the AJ Bell Stadium we will be difficult to beat and I believe we are capable of causing a surprise or two!"
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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.