One week after their dress rehearsal on the final day of the regular season, Exeter Chiefs and Sale Sharks will renew hostilities in the semi-finals of the Gallagher Premiership on Saturday. Defending champions Exeter are bidding to reach the final for the sixth successive year, whereas Sale have reached the post-season for the first time since 2005-06.
Thousands of refunds being issued to rugby fans The number of spectators permitted for Gallagher Premiership Rugby Final 2021 has been cut in half following the UK Government's decision to delay moving out of lockdown for another four weeks leaving fans and tournament organisers devastated. The Government announced on Monday the current phase of lockdown would be extended beyond the June 21 'freedom day' for a further four weeks to allow a higher number of the population to be vaccinated in the face of a growing number of infections nationally, largely due to the Delta variant of Covid-19.
Lions predicted XV for first test vs South Africa according to the bookies – odds slashed on Tom Curry to start
Preparation for the British & Irish Lions tour to Africa kick-started this week with a group of the players selected meeting up in Jersey. But who will make Warren Gatland’s starting XV for the opening test against the Springboks? Bookmakers Sky Bet have revealed the Lions’ most likely line-up according to the very latest odds.
Exeter Chiefs face Sale Sharks in the semi-final play-off game at Sandy Park on Saturday Exeter Chiefs’ powerful forward duo Sam Skinner and Dave Ewers have both been suspended for four games after being penalised for high tackles against Sale Sharks in Round 22 of the Gallagher Premiership. The pair are now ruled out of Saturday's semi-final play-off game against Sale Sharks at Sandy Park as well as the final should Chiefs progress.
Sale Sharks travel to Exeter Chiefs on Saturday in the play-offs of the Gallagher Premiership Star fly-half AJ MacGinty is 'speaking to surgeons' today and will miss Sale Sharks’ play-off semi-final away at Exeter Chiefs on Saturday. USA international MacGinty injured his leg in the Sale’s 20-19 defeat to Exeter last weekend and will now cruelly be ruled out of the big knock-out game.
#3. Richie Gray (Sale Sharks) This signing had every Sale fan very excited with the Scottish powerhouse penning a three-year contract. However, the giant Scot would only stay for one season, playing 16 underwhelming matches, scoring one try before joining French club Castres.
Exeter Chiefs edged past Sale Sharks 20-19 in a thrilling final round of the regular Gallagher Premiership 2020/21 season Exeter Chiefs produced a second remarkable comeback in as many weeks to edge past Sale Sharks and secure a home semi-final berth in a thrilling game at Sandy Park. Sale knew that a bonus-point win while also denying Exe any points would see them pinch the second home semi-final spot.
Both directors of rugby seeking improvements ahead of play-off rematch Exeter Chiefs will be without Scotland international Sam Skinner for next weekend’s Heineken Champions Cup semi-final after the lock was red-carded against Sale on Saturday. Chiefs dug themselves out of a significant hole in Round 22 of the Premiership season to comeback from 16 points down and win 20-19 against Sharks who at one point were on the verge of taking next weekend’s semi-final between the same two sides back to the AJ Bell Stadium.
Gallagher Premiership: Exeter Chiefs edge thriller against Sale Sharks, Bath book Heineken Champions Cup spot
Exeter Chiefs secured a home semi-final after snatching victory at home to Sale Sharks, while Bath confirmed their Heineken Champions Cup spot by beating Northampton Saints; Harlequins and Leicester Tigers also claimed wins We round up all the action from the final day of the Gallagher Premiership regular season, which saw semi-final seedings and Heineken Champions Cup places up for grabs…
Rugby transfers are one of the most intriguing parts of the game, with agents, players and clubs constantly in talks to try and make deals happen. Below we list some of the great transfers that never happened. Those rumours that resurfaced year after year but never came to fruition.
Exeter Chiefs host Sale Sharks in Round 22 of the 2020/21 Gallagher Premiership Exeter Chiefs take on Sale Sharks at Sandy Park in Round 22 of the 2020/21 Gallagher Premiership with both sides looking to secure a home semi-final in the play-offs. The fantastic news is fans are now back in stadiums in limited numbers but the equally good news is games are also being shown live on TV still.
The Sale Sharks owner, brother of former Take That singer, Jason, explains how he came to own the club and the way to lure new fans Simon Orange is used to having noisy sporting neighbours, so he has a knack of getting his point across in a measured but assertive manner.
#3. Raffi Quirke Age: 19 Position: scrum half Club: Sale Sharks BROWN SAID: “I had never heard of this kid until a few months ago but he’s been on fire. He’s only 19 but he’s clearly learning so much from working underneath Faf de Klerk.
South African director of rugby Rassie Erasmus heaps praise on Sale Sharks after the Springboks select five players from the Premiership club to represent them against the Lions
The Springboks have called up Coenie Oosthuizen and Lood de Jager They have also selected Dan du Preez, Jean-Luc du Preez and Faf de Klerk The five Sale Sharks players will be available when they face the Lions Rassie Erasmus heaped praise on Sale Sharks after the Premiership club had five players named in the Springboks squad to face the Lions.
SALE SHARKS stars will look to take a bite out of the Lions after FIVE of their players were named in the South Africa squad. World Cup winning scrum-half Faf de Klerk as well as the giant Du Preez twins, Dan and Jean-Luc, are all heading home to play for the Springboks in this summer's three-Test series.
#4. Raffi Quirke Age: 19 Club: Sale Sharks Quirke, the 19-year-old Englishman who is as North West as Coronation Street, is the current apprentice to World Cup winning scrum-half Faf de Klerk at the AJ Bell Stadium. He has been an international age-group regular, but qualifies for Ireland through his Grandmother.
Sale Sharks 45-12 Harlequins: Sale keep hopes of home semi-final alive with dominant Gallagher Premiership win
Sale extended their record Premiership run to eight wins, despite Martin Landajo scoring first for Quins. Akker van der Merwe levelled matters before Marland Yarde, Byron McGuigan and Cameron Neild scored. Rohan Janse van Rensburg, Bevan Rodd and Jean-Luc du Preez completed the scoring. Sale Sharks will go into the final weekend of the Gallagher Premiership season with a chance of claiming a home semi-final following a dominant 45-12 triumph over fellow title contenders Harlequins.
The West Country derby which was scheduled for Saturday has been cancelled Premiership Rugby have today confirmed a total of 29 players and staff from across the Gallagher Premiership have tested positive for Covid-19 in a worrying trend as the season reaches its climax, following weeks of minimal cases.
Sale Sharks have confirmed that a member of its staff received a positive COVID-19 test during routine lateral flow testing at the club’s Carrington training facility this week. As a result, video analysis of training was carried out in line with Premiership Rugby guidelines, and all players who came into contact with that member of staff were directed to self-isolate until further testing could be arranged.