4 to Watch - Sale Sharks

27 September 2012

Bath Rugby face Sale Sharks in Round 5 of the Aviva Premiership this Saturday at 14:15 as they look to get back to winning ways on the Rec.

Tickets are still available for this crunch fixture so call the ticket office on 0844 448 1865 today to secure your seat and support the team.

4 to watch from the Sale Sharks:

David was appointed captain for the 2012-13 season, having impressed at the start of the previous campaign when deputising for Sam Tuitupou. David joined from Saracens in 2009 and enjoyed a brilliant season. Only two players in the Premiership made more tackles than David but the following season – 2010/11 – was almost a write off as injury limited him to just six outings.
He came back with a bang last season with 21 Premiership appearances, in fifteen of which David played the full 80 minutes. He was voted the Supporters' and the Club's Player of the Year and played for England Saxons.

Tom is the Sale Sharks 'local boy done good', as he comes from Flixton – just across the River Mersey from the Sharks' High Performance Centre at Carrington. Tom scored a try on debut against Newcastle Falcons in 2010 and, despite two shoulder operations since, has continued to cross the whitewash.
Last season, he made 20 Premiership appearances, scoring four tries and spending around 1,500 minutes on the field.
His start to the current season was slightly delayed but, almost inevitably, he scored a try on his debut at the Sharks' new home in Salford.

Richie, the shorter of the two Scots with that name in the Sharks' pack at 6ft 4ins., signed for the club just after he played for Scotland in their 2011 Calcutta Cup clash with England. Recruited from Glasgow Warriors, Richie is able to play at flanker and number 8 and has been capped by his country at all levels, including Sevens.
When he came South, he was following in the footsteps of Jason White, who made the journey in 2003 and was another athletic, skilful forward.
Look out for the trademark white headband at the back of the Sharks' scrum, and the rolled-down socks.

At the age of 22, James has packed a lot into his fledgling career. Prior to the 2009-10 season he had made just four appearances for the Sharks but twelve months later he was crowned not only Breakthrough Player of the Year but also Players' Player of the Year.
The awards followed impressive performances at the 2009 IRB Junior World Cup.
His leadership qualities have been recognised by several coaches. He has captained club and England Saxons.
Renowned for his athletic ability, 'Jamma' can turn out at lock and flanker.


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