Sale Sharks travel to Kingsholm tonight to face 10th placed Gloucester and will be hoping to improve on last weekend’s home draw to claim their first win on the road.
Sale Sharks will hoping that their AJ Bell Stadium fortress stands firm this Saturday as Newcastle Falcons head to Manchester for the Aviva Premiership’s northern derby.
A Manchester school pupil could barely contain his delight after being surprised by Land Rover and some of Sale Sharks’ biggest stars with the news that he will be an official Rugby World Cup mascot.
Sale, who welcome their London opponents at 2pm this afternoon, lie seventh in the Aviva Premiership though after a weak display against London Irish two weeks ago they are five points behind sixth-placed Wasps.
There is no let up for Sharks as they welcome reigning champions and table-toppers Northampton tomorrow who are on a seven-game winning streak and six points clear of the chasing pack.
Captain Dan Braid scored the only try of the match just over 10 minutes from time, after both sides traded penalties, to give Sale a 16-12 win at Twickenham Stoop.
Both Sale and London Irish have endured poor starts to the campaign with only two wins each leaving them near the foot of the table separated by only a point.
Sharks have never won the Anglo-Welsh competition despite making two finals and this year’s campaign gives them the chance to blood some youngsters as well as give recovering players valuable match time, including Braid who returns after injury on day one
Sale skipper Dan Braid on lookout for ‘next generation’ of Sharks at Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup
The event this weekend will be hosted by Sale at Manchester Rugby Club in Stockport – launched during the 2008-09 season, the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup is the first national grassroots tournament officiated by Premiership Rugby
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Sale will be keen to respond with their second home victory in the league after last week’s dismal performance away at Saracens.
Surprise! Sale Sharks skipper Dan Braid sees another season of upsets… with Danny Cipriani in full flow
The 33-year-old, currently undergoing rehabilitation on a knee injury, was impressed with fly-half Cipriani’s performances on the tour in New Zealand as Sale look ahead to the new season.