Updated: Sunday, 5th April 2020 @ 10:41am

'Strict diet of Guinness and pasties': Sale Sharks fan reveals Aviva Premiership lift-off challenge training

'Strict diet of Guinness and pasties': Sale Sharks fan reveals Aviva Premiership lift-off challenge training

By Ben Baker

Sale Sharks might have to wait until next season to get their hands on Aviva Premiership silverware but one lifelong fan has already got his hands on the famous trophy.

Colin Nevett, a 42-year-old supporter from Manchester, won the Trophy Lift-Off challenge and hoisted the heavy, 15kg prize in the air for the longest time at Salford City Stadium ahead of the Sharks’ 14-13 victory over Bath Rugby.

Colin clocked an impressive time of 1min 44secs, earning himself two tickets to the Aviva Premiership final on May 25.

But the good times might not stop there, with the Sale fan set to compete with winners from every other top-flight club ahead of the Twickenham showpiece to fight for the honour of carrying the trophy pitch side.

And with Sale’s season unfolding at the opposite end of the table this campaign, Colin couldn’t believe his luck at his potential starring role in May.

“My brother Andy put me forward to do it and although I had no idea it was going to happen I am glad he did as it was a lot of fun,” said Colin, who currently sits second on the overall leaderboard.

“I had heard about the competition but didn’t think I would be doing it but I had mates there and it was a good laugh.

“And finding out I am second overall was an extra nice feeling, I guess that makes me one of the strongest rugby fans in England.

“I have been to Twickenham many times before but to have the chance to be involved in the Aviva Premiership final would be fantastic.

“So I will be sticking to my strict diet of Guinness and pasties to make sure I am in the best shape to lift the trophy for the longest.”

To win a chance to lift the trophy at an Aviva Premiership Rugby match near you go to:http://www.premiershiprugby.com/final/trophytour

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