Sale Sharks is an English professional rugby union club who play in the Aviva Premiership.
The club is an offshoot of amateur club Sale FC, still based at Heywood Road in Sale while the Sharks share the newly renamed A.J. Bell Stadium with Salford Red Devils rugby league club.
Sale Sharks are one of the leading professional Rugby Union clubs in Europe and the pride of the North West. Historically based in the Manchester suburb of Sale, but now playing at AJ Bell Stadium, the Sharks compete in the Aviva Premiership, having played in England's top flight since 1994.
We reflect the core values of rugby union: teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship. These values have underpinned the club's achievements and have helped build a strong winning and team mentality across all aspects of the business.
We have a family friendly match day experience for all ages, and with a great brand of being played by Steve Diamond's side, the club sees more hospitality guests than ever coming to watch matches at the AJ Bell Stadium, and they enjoy what they see.
Since the game of Rugby Union turned professional in the mid 1990s, the Sharks have arguably been the archetypal success story, rising from the lower ranks to become a multiple trophy winner in the new Millennium.
Sale Sharks have won two European Challenge Cup titles in 2002 and 2005 but the highlight remains their 2006 Premiership title, secured with a thumping 45-20 win over Leicester Tigers.
As one of the leading sides in Europe, the Sharks boast a star-studded squad that includes internationals from all over the world. At the upcoming Rugby World Cup in 2015, which is being held in England, we expect many Sharks internationals to take part in the tournament, such as Danny Cipriani and Johnny Leota.
The Sale colours have also been proudly worn in the past by world stars such as Jason Robinson, Fran Cotton, Steve Smith, Steve Hanley, Bryan Redpath, Danny Cipriani, Dan Braid, Luke McAlister, Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe and Sebastien Chabal.