Premiership Preview: Sale Sharks
Last Season: 7th.
Top Tryscorer: Tom Arscott (12).
Top Pointscorer: Danny Cipriani (163).
Last year proved to be a year where the Sharks came close to success. Always clear of relegation, their hunt for a top-six place fell late on but a respectable seventh-placed finish was the eventual result of a solid, but slightly disappointing, season for the Manchester outfit.
A top six berth will remain the aim this year, but, while they have lost key players, their competitors have recruited well, so it will be a tough ask.
The Coach: Steve Diamond
Having initially arrived as Director of Sport, Director of Rugby soon became his title, where he has led his side to Champions Cup rugby in two of his four years at the helm.
Key Man: Danny Cipriani.
If he can remain injury free, he will become difficult for the England selectors to ignore and could bring the Sharks some positives this year. Either way, he will be crucial to Steve Diamond’s cause.