Sale Owner Blasts Cipriani

Sale Sharks owner Brian Kennedy has criticised high-profile signing Danny Cipriani for his defence and reluctance to put his body on the line during matches.


"Danny didn't want to tackle last week," Kennedy told the Mail on Sunday. "It's the coaches decision, but if you can't defend then there's no place for you in Premiership rugby.


"Danny had a dreadful game in defence last week. And if you're not prepared to put your body on the line for this club, whopay your wages and give you the chance to play at the highest level each week, then you won't be in the squad, will you?


"You just have to watch Danny's game at Toulon to understand why he's not playing against Wasps.


"Toulon are a great side full of great players, but no Premiership team should lose by 62-0 to any side, at any time. Some of the players have paid the price for it, and that includes Danny Cipriani."


Kennedy was at a loss to say exactly what had gone wrong for the club.


"It's ironic, isn't it? We have a new stadium, one of the best grounds in the Premiership, and we definitely have the best training facilities in English rugby at Carrington, on a par with Manchester City.


"I expected us to be pushing hard for a top-four position this season, especially with the signings we made in the close season.


"So what's gone wrong? It's not the ground. It's not the training facilities. It's not the support given to the club in terms of investing in players. Are we being delusional? I don't think so. So it is either down to the players, the coaches or a combination of them both.


"I'm not allowing myself to plan for relegation because that would be a negative mindset that would only strengthen our chances of going down.


"But I will admit our position is perilous and that's not a word I use lightly. I expect the Sale Sharks to show some pride and dignity at Wasps, to show that they care and that they are angry and hurting. I know I am.


"We should be a top club, but we're rock bottom and unless we do something about it, starting at Wasps, we will stay there."