Sale Sharks could be calling in the legends as they look to ensure they can name a team to face Worcester Warriors.
The club have had 16 positive Covid tests, but only currently have a 34-man first team squad, which means they would be left significantly short.
It’s now been widely reported that the game will be ‘delayed until Wednesday’ and given the go-ahead if Steve Diamond can get 23 players fit, registered, and Covid free.
The Sharks had said on Friday evening that their game against Worcester will go ahead, although Warriors have said the match is “still the subject of discussions”.
Sale are one of four clubs hoping to fill one of the three remaining Premiership semi-final places, with a forfeited game meaning they’d record a 20-0 defeat.
The Mail on Sunday has reported the club is rushing to register versatile back Sam Tuitupou, who left the club in 2017. The 38-year-old is a free agent after leaving Coventry.
Meanwhile, lock Jonathan Mills, who is currently head coach of Rossyln Park after hanging up his boots in 2017, posted a picture in a Sharks training top, tweeting: “still wet in Manchester”.
The prospect clearly excited supporters with one writing ‘please say this is happening’ and another writing ‘I hope this is allowed to happen’.
Affiliated club Sale FC, who currently play in the English third tier, is another place the Premiership side may look to in order to bolster their numbers.
All six fixtures on the last day of the Premiership season were scheduled to kick-off simultaneously on Sunday, with the top four teams progressing to the play-offs.
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