According to the Mail Online, Sale Sharks prematurely return to secret training on Monday to defy Premiership Rugby.
The Salford-based side defied directives by gathering their squad for training on Monday and are the only Premiership club to jump the gun and bring stars back.
Around 20 players returned to training from 8am onwards in small staggered groups with sources revealing that players did sprint training and gym work on Monday.
Extra safety precautions were taken as players wore masks and gloves, and their temperatures were taken.
However, it’s clear to see that Steve Diamond’s side broke the league-wide directives as just last week it was agreed across the league that players should only attend their clubs if they required rehabilitation work on injuries.
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But The Telegraph has revealed that the club will face no sanction as the club insist yesterday didn’t count as official training.
The Sharks have reportedly asked their players to report in three more times this week, while all other Premiership clubs are patiently waiting for a green-light to return.
LIST | 5 England Internationals Who Started With a Bang But Faded Fast
Some players who don’t make it at international level do occasionally make bright starts. In fact, plenty can look like international superstars in the first few caps before things quickly go downhill.
Here’s a look back at five England internationals who actually started very brightly, but quickly faded away…
1. Denny Solomona
A prolific rugby league winger, Solomona has continued that eye-catching form with Sale Sharks, scoring 41 tries in 68 games so far.
His England career began with the definition of a ‘bang’ – a dream first run out in the England shirt, he came off the bench to score a last-minute winner in a dramatic 38-34 win against Argentina in San Juan on June 10, 2017.
He won the last of five caps against South Africa in June 2018 and has vowed to put his off-field problems behind him. His Premiership form before lockdown earned him some admirers – time for an international recall?