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'SPEED CHATTING' - April Social
Tuesday 15th April - Heywood Road
Adrian's take on our April Social Evening:
Last night was one of the most enjoyable SSSC socials I've attended. The
final player line-up of Tom Brady, Andy Forsyth, Nick Macleod, Ross Harrison, James Mitchell and Andrew Hughes were a perfect blend of established 1st team stars and Academy lads breaking into the
squad, allowing us to find out about all aspects of the club. Split into 3 groups the lads rotated every 25 minutes and it was great to sit and chat informally with the lads who were all very
articulate. The agenda was down to the fans as they asked the questions.
On my table first up we had Nick Macleod and Tom Brady. We found out about which were the best worst grounds to play at, their opinions of who were the better referees on the circuit, the differences between this season and last in performance and confidence. Nick discussed his take on what was happening in Welsh rugby and central contracts. We discussed why we had lost to Quins and some of the things they were working on for Exeter (which will not be put on a public forum the week of the match- you had to be there!!!). The lads (all 6 mentioned this) were full of praise for the work Mike Forshaw is doing. Interestingly they said he never raises his voice but all the players have a feeling of letting him down if they mess up defensively in a match and they are all desperate not to disappoint him. The conversation flowed and the 25 minutes seemed to be up all too quickly when Stan jumped up to wave a 1950s rattle to signal the 1st changeover.
Next up we had Ross Harrison and Andy Forsyth. We discussed at length with Ross the last 15 minutes of the Bath match. He also explained the strains a match places on his body. He confirmed what I already suspected, that Andrei Ostrikov provides incredible power in the scrum. Andy talked us through the training regime and exactly what it was like to go in that cryogenic chamber at -130c.
Last up we had James Mitchell and Andrew Hughes. This for me was the most interesting part of the evening as they were 2 Academy lads just making the breakthrough into the Sale squad. They discussed the transition from being a big fish in schoolboy/ age group rugby to being, in James's case, the 4th choice scrum half at Sale. They told us that although they had always considered themselves fit, their first experience of pre-season training had blown them away. They were full of praise for the guidance and help they received from the established 1st team players. We discussed the current A League set up and how frustrating it can be for the Academy players that their league finishes before Christmas. Both had been out on loan this season and they explained the process for deciding whether they should go out and get some game time away from Sale. Interestingly they said it was a 2 way process with both the club and the player coming to a decision as to whether they would benefit. James had enjoyed a very beneficial spell at Chester this season whereas Andrew had gone to Rotherham to find a settled team that didn't really want to make a short term change. The players talked about diet and training. Sale no longer operate shared housing for the Academy players so they tend to live with their parents and commute to training- in Andrew's case from Preston in time for an 8am start! They let us know just how it felt to make their 1st team debuts this season... James especially with the easy task of coming on for a certain Cips! Interestingly both players although just starting out on their rugby careers were aware that they should plan for the future and talked about how they were encouraged by the club to get other qualifications. Andrew will be starting a part time degree next year and James is taking courses in physical education. We learnt that one established player reaching the end of his career is training to be a plumber!
Many thanks to the lads for a fascinating evening and we will definitely be repeating the exercise next season.
Question of Sharks in aid of the Kieran Flynn Trust
Tuesday 18th March - Crewe & Nantwich RUFC
A GREAT EVENING....
£400+ was raised towards the Kieran Flynn Trust!
A message from Kieran....
for an unbelievable night at Crewe and Nantwich RUFC raising money for my trust in a 'question of sharks'. Despite some people not being able to count and the Sale lads winning by one point we raised over £400 for my trust fund and we gained a couple of raffle and auction prizes for our next fundraiser, the sporting dinner on April 24th. Massive massive thanks to the sale sharks supporters club, sale sharks and the four players for giving up their time to help me out and also to Pembo, Twig and Scotty for their support. Had a great laugh. A huge huge thanks to everybody that came out on a Tuesday night to support me. Great to see you all there and great of you to support me. Sorry if I didn't get chance to speak to you. There was a number of people who I would of loved to speak to a little more that I didn't get chance to and also people who I actually didn't get to speak to at all. I really can't thank you all enough for supporting me. The support since August 15th has been amazing. It really brings tears to my eyes thinking about it. I am so well supported by you all and I feel so fortunate and blessed to be given the opportunity to smile and live my life, some people don't get that privilege. I'd also like to say that I will be home from Friday and will continue my rehab at Manchester Neurological Physio Centre. I've been assured that these are some of the best in the business by Hobbs Rehabilitation who have wonderfully taken me this far. Thank you all so much and hopefully see you soon.
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