Founded in 1861, Sale is one of the oldest rugby club’s in England, and throughout its history has also consistently ranked as one of the strongest. Traditionally based in the Manchester suburb of Sale they play in the Aviva Premiership and currently contest their home games at Salford City Stadium.
The Sharks’ current kit is produced by CCC, and is predominantly dark blue, with white highlights. While dark blue and white have been the historic colours of the club they also use light blue as a feature colour. In recent years the club was at its peak in the 2005-06 season, when it won 16 of 22 games and secured the Guinness Premiership title with a 45-20 win over the Leicester Tigers in the final.
Players of note to have donned the Sharks’ jersey include Wales’ Dafydd James, Kiwis Luke McAlister and Shane Howarth, iconic French forward Sebastien Chabal and homegrown talent such as Charlie Hodgson, Ben Cohen and Mark Cueto. In addition to a host of marquee players the club has also boasted several highly qualified coaches, including French great Philippe Saint-Andre and former All Blacks’ coach John Mitchell.