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Sale Sharks Confirm New Owners

Ryan Sidle

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Sale Sharks Confirm New Owners

When Sale Sharks won the Premiership in 2006 it was an incredible achievement for a side who have a much smaller budget than the big boys of English rugby. The news today could change that.

Even now finishing sixth and qualifying for next season's European Champions Rugby cup is quite the overachievement for a side with a small budget who often lose their top players to side's further south.

The club today confirmed that they have new owners with Brian Kennedy, who has owned the club for 16 years saying, "The last 16 years at the helm of this great club has been a great privilege. We have had many wonderful moments' particularly winning two European trophies and The Premiership championship for the first time in the club's history."

The club have been bought by Manchester based corporate acquisitions and investment company CorpAcq. Head of the company Simon Orange hinted at new investment into the playing side saying:

"Sale have performed resiliently over the past 16 years under the ownership of Brian Kennedy and now we believe we can build on this success and take Sale Sharks to another level. With our planned investment I think we can close the gap between Sale Sharks and the teams above us."

Sale have lost star attraction Danny Cipriani to Wasps for next season however they have bought in former Wales scrum-half Mike Phillips and will be joined by rugby league convert Josh Charnley from Wigan Warriors in October.

Director of Rugby Steve Diamond had his say on the new ownership saying, "From the discussions I have had with Simon, I believe Sale Sharks has a very bright future. I am excited to be involved in the next steps for Sale as a team and a club."

Can the North West side go onto another level?

Topics: Rugby Union

Ryan Sidle
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