To all the readers of this claptrap.
I am painfully aware of how inactive SharkTankRugby has been over the last few weeks and therefore how little I have been contributing to the upkeep of our shared Sale Shark-hub.
Part of the reason for my desertion of rugby-centric writing endeavours came because I have spent the previous two weeks working with our friends at Talking Rugby Union up in Preston who had organised a work placement for myself. Whilst I was extremely grateful for the fantastic opportunity they provided for me over the last fortnight, spending around seven hours daily following and covering the breaking rugby news of the day meant that when I eventually got home, I was in no mood to think or write about the egg-shaped ball.
The other reason is that there has been precious little in the way of actual, concrete Sale Sharks news to discuss, analyse or carefully dissect. This is to be expected - we have reached the dog days of summer after all - especially with the upcoming World Cup pushing the start of the new Premiership season back by six weeks. So short of posting detailed breakdowns of what Brian Mujati's latest Instagram post could mean, I did not believe there to be any relevant news to feature on this here website, a decision I am sure most agree with.
Anyway the good news is we have passed the apex of summer monotony. As August continues to progress, news relating to our beloved aquatic rugby club will once again begin to filter as the season draws closer, which in turn allows this website to produce a far greater amount of content than we've had available in the last six weeks or so. In the meantime I decided to write this post just to reassure my fellow Sale fans that this website is indeed still alive and kicking and that there are quality pieces on the horizon.
Said pieces - unless punctured by a long-awaited confirmation regarding the signing of a former international South African prop - should start this Saturday (22nd) with a detailed write up of Sale's performance in their Singha 7s group.
And although I haven't officially decided on when each of the below pieces will be published (or indeed written), rest assured all of these articles will be online and available to read between now and the beginning of the World Cup (September 18th):
And of course, as always, if there are any topics you, the reader and supporter of this website would like me to touch upon, do get in contact with me @SharkTankRugby on Twitter or at email@example.com over email.