Senior Academy full-back Joe Carpenter is set to make his Gallagher Premiership debut tomorrow. Ahead of Joe’s milestone moment for the Sharks, here’s everything you need to know about the Leeds born flyer.


Carpenter began his rugby journey at West Park Leeds RUFC at the age of seven, before joining Yorkshire Carnegie’s academy at 15 and eventually moving on to Sale Sharks in 2020. 

Sharks legend and club non-exec director Jason Robinson was his hero growing up and he credits Graham Chadwick and Ronnie Kelly at West Park, Mr Ryder, Mr Bedford at Woodhouse Grove as well as Danny Wild, Scott Barrow, Steve Salvin at Carnegie for giving him a good understanding of the game.  

An elusive runner with exceptional pace, Joe is widely regarded as one of the most exciting academy prospects in the country. 

He has played age grade rugby for England alongside a number of Sharks current academy crop including Tom Curtis, Tom Roebuck and Raffi Quirke. 

Injury ruled him out of England U18s tour of South Africa in 2018, but he was later selected for the U18 Six Nations Festival in April 2019. 

Joe made his first team debut for Sale Sharks in the Heineken Champions Cup fixture against La Rochelle in January, 2020. 

Quickfire Questions

Three words that describe me are… 

Fun, competitive, energetic

If I wasn’t a rugby plater I would be…

PE teacher

My go to takeaway order is… 


My main interest(s) outside rugby is/are 


My favourite away stadium to play at is…

Stade Marcel-Deflandre

One thing that really gets on my nerves is…

Slow drivers

My sporting hero is…

Lionel Messi

My favourite gym exercise is…

Bench press

My favourite film is…


My favourite thing to do in the north is…

Walks in the country

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