Sharks profit from Scottish exit

Sale Sharks have received a significant selection boost as they prepare for their tough Guinness Premiership fixture at top-of-the-table Gloucester on Saturday.

World Cup events have meant director of rugby Philippe Saint-Andre is able to consider three Scotland stars for the trip to the competition’s high-fliers.

Quarter-final Saturday witnessed hosts France stun the All Blacks 20-18, which preceded Argentina edging out the Scots 19-13 in Paris on Sunday.

In the wake of these results, Sale welcome back Scottish captain Jason White along with summer signings Rory Lamont and Scott Lawson to training, not to mention the impending arrival of Luke McAlister.

“Jason, Rory and Scott will all be back with us training today (Tuesday),” Saint-Andre revealed to the Manchester Evening News.

“I will speak with each player individually to see how they feel and as to whether they are involved at the weekend.

“Though it’s sad for Scotland, it’s good for us that they are back.”

The Sharks currently lie seventh in the table and remain without their Argentinian, English and French contingent.

However, Saint-Andre has been encouraged by the start made by his youthful side, particularly with a somewhat depleted squad.

“I am very pleased with my team so far this season,” he added.

“They showed a lot of character to beat Wasps last Friday without conceding a point and now we need to be very focused ahead of Saturday’s game.

“Obviously, we have been hit hard by having such a lot of players away at the World Cup in France, but the players left have been working so hard for one another and a lot of our younger players such as Ben Foden have been playing very well and have added a lot of competition to the squad.

“So, overall, I am very pleased with how we have started the season.

“Now we need to try and get some more points in the two games we have left before the World Cup ends and I get the rest of my players back.”

365 Digital

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