Monday, July 18, 2011

Will the Sale revolution bring glory?

There is a revolution going on at Sale Sharks as they look to challenge the big guns of the Aviva Premiership, but is such a major overhaul guaranteed to bring success?

Sale Sharks executive director Steve Diamond has had a busy summer so far and brought in a total of 20 new players, overhauled the behind-the-scenes of the club and also outlined plans to move the side from Edgeley Park.

His latest bit of business was to bring in former Wasps director of rugby Tony Hanks as their new first-team coach, replacing Peter Angelsea, who had been in charge on an interim basis. Those placing rugby bets will be watching the changes with interest.

Hanks has previously won three Premiership titles and a Heineken Cup during his two spells with Wasps and Diamond described his appointment as the "final piece of the off-field jigsaw" – hinting there may be more new faces on the playing front.

"Tony has worked with some of the best teams in the world and brings a level of experience and achievement that will be of immediate benefit to Sale Sharks," the director said of Hanks' appointment.

Despite the experience of their new coach, the revolving door policy that seems to have been introduced at Sale mean Hanks is going to have one hell of a job trying to turn this new collective of players into a team by the time they start their Aviva Premiership challenge against Worcester on 3rd September.

It is a massive gamble by Diamond and the rest of the Sale directors to attempt such a massive revolution during one summer period and there is the risk it could backfire as the players struggle to gel in the early weeks, and months, of the season.

They have done this overhaul in the hope of Aviva Premiership success, but the teams ahead of them in the league are established and have such a strong backbone built over many years – which is something Sale cannot do within one summer.

Meanwhile, fans of Rugby World Cup betting will be looking forward to the tournament which starts in the autumn.

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