Former Newcastle Falcons, Leicester Tigers and England U20s lock signs deal with Sharks
Sale Sharks are delighted to announce the permanent signing of former Leicester Tigers, Newcastle Falcons and England under 20s lock Dominic Barrow.
The towering 28-year-old, who was part of the England under 20s team that won the IRB Junior World Championship in 2013, joined Sharks initially on trial in after two years without a club.
Dominic had retired from rugby in 2020 to run a firm specialising in installing electric vehicle charging points.
But after impressing Sharks coaches in training, the Sheffield-born forward has now joined Alex Sanderson’s squad immediately on a permanent deal.
Dominic said: “I’ve gained a far greater sense of perspective since spending a bit of time away from rugby. However, I have a burning desire to get back into the sport as I feel I have unfinished business.
“I believe I’m capable of international honours but I haven’t yet reached my potential.
“I was really impressed with Alex and his vision for Sale Sharks right from our first conversation. From my experience, this is a club on the up that is clearly going places and it’s a hugely exciting place to be. I’m thrilled to be in this environment, which I believe will get the very best out of me and help me reach my goals.”
A sporting all-rounder in his youth, Dominic spent time in the Manchester United academy as a youngster but made the swich to rugby as a teenager, joining Yorkshire Carnegie’s academy.
He captained England’s under 16 and under 18 teams before joining Newcastle Falcons in 2013. After a two-year stint in the north east, Dominic joined Leicester Tigers and went on to make more than 50 appearances at Welford Road.
He joined Northampton Saints ahead of the 2018/19 season, but injuries restricted his appearances, and he left the club in March, 2019.
The following year he announced he was retiring from professional rugby to join Pure-EV, saying he’d given everything he could to the sport and was passionate about his new business venture.
After clinching Dominic’s signing, Sharks Director of Rugby Alex Sanderson said: “I’m really excited to welcome Dominic to the club. He’s someone I’ve known about for a number of years and I know exactly how good he can be.
“He’s performed at the very top level for a number of years and that experience can only benefit our squad at a really important time of the season.
“Dominic has been with us on trial for a number of weeks and he’s fitted in so well. He’s already becoming a leader in the group and I can’t wait to see what else we can achieve together.”