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Ex-Saracens forward coach Sanderson named Sale director of rugby

Ex-Saracens forward coach Sanderson named Sale director of rugby Sale Sharks: Alex Sanderson appointed director of rugby

Alex SandersonAlex Sanderson won five caps for England between 2001 and 2003

Sale Sharks have appointed former England flanker Alex Sanderson as their new director of rugby.

The 41-year-old returns to the club where he made more than 100 appearances as a player between 1998 and 2004.

Sanderson departs Saracens as forwards and defence coach to succeed Steve Diamond at Sale, who stepped down in December after a decade in the role.

"The opportunity to come back home and achieve something special was just too good to turn down," he said.

Sanderson, who joins Sale on an undisclosed-length deal, was a coach at Sarries for more than 15 years after a back injury forced him to retire in 2005.

His first match in charge is set to be against Leicester on Saturday, 30 January.

Sale are fourth in the Premiership after four wins from their first six matches this season, including back-to-back victories under interim head coach Paul Deacon.

Sanderson arrives with an impressive coaching CV from his time with Saracens, including helping cultivate their trademark "Wolfpack" defence which won them three European Champions Cups and five Premiership titles in the past decade.

As a player he won five England caps, scoring a try on his debut against Romania in November 2001.

Original source : https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/55674290

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