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Ben Cohen MORE RE-SIGN

More players confirmed their intention to stay at Sale Sharks by extending their contracts, including Dwayne Peel, Marc Jones, James Gaskell and Eifion Roberts. Just Dean Schofield and Wiggy have signed on for other clubs.

POPULAR BEN

Ben Cohen (right) was a Heineken Cup medal winner ten seasons ago, when his Northampton Saints team beat Munster 9-8 in a tense Twickenham final. In the Sharks' programme against Toulouse, Ben talked about his iconic status with gay men, which, he says, started with an underwear advert.  Ben has his own website, and sells a calendar at Christmas.  Ben is married with twin daughters, aged two.

 

Jonny KennedyJONNY THE JOCK

Centre Jonny Kennedy (left) was included in Scotland's Under 20 squad for the coming Six Nations programme.  Although born in Crewe, England, he qualifies for Scotland through his father's nationality.

 

SHERRI'S PATIENT WAIT

Andrew Sheridan, the Sharks, England and Lions mighty prop, is working hard in the Carrington gym but it probably be next season before he'll back in our front row.

 

WELSHMEN CAPTUREDLee Thomas

Two prominent members of 'The Tafia' - Lee Thomas (right) and Nick Macleod - followed Mark Cueto in extending their contracts.  Another statement of intent that players are happy at the club, even though it's recognised that it may be hard to hang on to a couple.  Kingsley rightly focused on rugby, saying that dealing with players' agents can wait until January. 

 

SILVER LINING FOR CALDY YOUNGSTERS

Caldy Under 11 and Under 12 players had local derby games against Wirral on Saturday 28th November, and were thrilled to learn that Sharks' star Charlie Hodgson would be coming along on the morning. (The later event was Caldy's North 2 match against Macclesfield at 2.15 p.m.)  After the Wasps' walkout at Edgeley Park the previous evening, extra training was arranged for the Sharks' squad and Charlie reluctantly had to phone through - nearly as much on the eleventh hour as London Wasps - and say he couldn't make the trip to the Wirral.  He must have sensed the disappointment at the other end, because within half an hour, as long as he made up the training on his own in his own time, it was back to 'Plan A', as the photos of the delighted youngsters show.  Well done, everybody - common sense can prevail.  Will somebody tell Shaun Edwards and London Wasps?

It was busy day for Charlie - he was back in Manchester in the evening with his lovely wife Daisy for the UKFast Tenth Anniversary 'Party at The Palace'. There was a huge Sharks' presence at this prestigious event commemorating the formation of the sponsoring company by Lawrence and Gail Jones in 1999.

Hodgson at CaldyCharlie Hodgson visits Caldy RFC

 

David Tait

DAVY McTAIT

David Tait  (left) has joined the Scotland Sevens squad for the IRB tournaments in Dubai and South Africa. Although born in Sale, and having played for England at a junior level, he qualifies through his late father Campbell Tait. He'll be back on December 14th - but, as the leader of the Beard Growers, will he still have the facial attributes on his return?

 

 

 

CARL GOING NOWHERECarl Fearns

For reasons best known to themselves, some posters on a sportnetwork message board put it about that Carl Fearns was moving to Northampton.  We spoke to the man himself, and he said, "I've no idea where that came from.  Not a scrap of truth in it."  So there you are - the Sharks' highly promising back row man is concentrating on the development of his Edgeley Park career.  Merseysider Carl was in the running for 'Player of the Tournament' when starring for England Under 20 in this Summer's IRB Junior World Cup in Japan.  He suffered an injury in the first pre-season game against Montpellier in Millau, and had to withdraw from The Jets' game against Leeds Carnegie after 55 minutes with a knock.  Injuries have hampered his season so far.  Also, he's up against a new threat within the club - his England Under 20 team mate James Gaskell, who's played more in the back row than his accustomed position at lock. 

JACK IS BACK

TJack Forsterighthead prop Jack Forster is back in his native North West, and is loving every minute. "I really enjoyed the first game of the season against Leicester," he said. "It was always going to be a tough test, and to come away with a win was outsanding."

Jack, along with Eifion Roberts and Marc Jones, formed a mighty front row starting threesome which was a testimony to the coaching of scrum specialist Phil Keith-Roach.  They gave Leicester plenty of problems. 

Jack, born in Wigan and educated in Bolton spent time at Hartpury College, which has a link with Gloucester RFC.  His family are organic beef and lamb farmers based near St.Helens. Away from rugby, soft-spoken Jack enjoys a spot of fishing.

 

GAVIN FACED FORMER PALSGavin Kerr

Prop Gavin Kerr started at tight head against one of his former clubs, Leeds Carnegie, although they were Tykes during his time at Headingley.  Gavin was on the books when Phil Davies guided the Headingley club to a Twickenham triumph in the Powergen Cup against Bath four years ago. He had a year at Caldy and has also played for Border Reivers and Edinburgh. Capped by Scotland 50 times, Gavin (32) is preparing for the future by studying to be a building surveyor.