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Sale agree deal for Magnus Lund

Magnus Lund, appearing for Biarritz. Credit: PA

Sale Sharks have announced the signing of former England flanker Magnus Lund.

Lund will return to Sale for his second spell after a six-year stint with French club Biarritz.

Manchester-born Lund, 31, was a member of Sale's Premiership title-winning team in 2006, having joined them four years previously.

He gained 10 Test caps and helped England's sevens team win a silver medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.

"I am delighted Magnus has signed for us.

"I gave him his debut back in 2002 and have followed his career down the years.

"He is a great signing for us and will fit in perfectly with our plans."

– Sale rugby director Steve Diamond

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Shopkeeper in hammer attack in Sale

Police are investigating after shopkeeper was hit with a hammer during an attempted robbery in Sale. The victim and store owner of Sam and Nam Express on Ventnor Avenue was sorting through the morning papers yesterday morning when the offender entered.

He approached the 57-year-old shopkeeper armed with a claw hammer and made demands for cash before hitting him on the head with the weapon The victim held his hands up in a defensive gesture, only for the offender to hit him on the hand with the weapon before leaving empty handed.

The offender is described as white, 20 years old, 5ft 7in and of slim build with a local accent. Detectives are investigating whether the incident is linked to two similar robberies – one at Martins Newsagents on Coppice Avenue on 26 Feb and another at McColl’s on Framingham Road on 1 March.

“We are investigating whether this attempted robbery is linked to two similar incidents that have occurred over the past week or so. “On all three occasions innocent shopkeepers have been going about their business early in the morning when they have been targeted and threatened. “These men frequently work long hours in their shops to provide a service to the communities they serve and should not expect to have their livelihood threatened by mindless thugs who want to take what does not belong to them.

“I am keen to speak to anyone perhaps heading to or from work this morning and who may have seen someone acting suspicious in the area or even running along Doveston Road towards Mersey Road to call the police. “I would also urge local residents and businesses to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to us.”

– Detective Constable Paul Walls

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North West clash of rugby codes

Salford City Reds Credit: PA

Sale Sharks and Salford Red Devils are to play each other in a clash of the codes game for charity.

Sale Shark's Dwayne Peel Credit: PA

It will literally be a game of two halves with the first half with one half played to Rugby Union rules and one half played according to Rugby League rules.

The match will be played at the A.J Bell Stadium home of Salford City Reds, on 26 August.

Warrior and Lion Cusiter joins Sharks

For Sale - Chris Cusiter Credit: PA Pictures

Sale Sharks have announced the signing of Scotland and British & Irish Lions Scrum Half Chris Cusiter on a two-year deal.

Cusiter joins the Sharks next season from his current club Glasgow Warriors.

Capped 66 times by Scotland (first being against Wales in 2004), he also toured with the 2005 British & Irish Lions, gaining one cap.

Director of Rugby Steve Diamond said, “Chris is a great signing for the club.''

''We have signed him to replace Dwayne Peel who is leaving us after six years at the club and we know that Chris will be the quality replacement we need.''

Forward duo to leave Sale

Sale Sharks rugby director Steve Diamond has confirmed that forwards Henry Thomas and James Gaskell will leave the Aviva Premiership club at the end of this season.

Prop Thomas, who was recently named in England's RBS 6 Nations squad, is widely expected to join Bath.

Back-row forward and former England Saxons captain Gaskell, meanwhile, has been linked with a move to Wasps.

"'Jamma' and Henry are moving on at the end of the season and replacements are being sought as we speak," Diamond told the Manchester Evening News.

"With both Henry and 'Jamma' it's not a money issue as to why they are moving on - it is purely for rugby/lifestyle reasons.

"There is no rancour or bad feeling, and we'll wish both of the lads good luck when they do move on."

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