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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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.