Copying our celtic cousins: What's your teams 23 going to look like next season? How do you feel about it?
There's bound to be a few more signings over the summer, but what's it looking like now?
For Sale, I'd like to see (with what I think we'll see in brackets!):
1. Alasdair Dickinson (Eifion Lewis-Roberts)
2. Joe Ward
3. Eifion Lewis-Roberts (Tony Buckley)
4. Richie Gray
5. Andrei Ostrikov
6. Hendre Fourie
7. David Seymour
8. Andy Powell
9. Cillian Willis (Dwayne Peel)
10. Danny Cipriani
11. Charlie Amesbury (Mark Cueto)
12. Sam Tuitupou
13. Will Addison (Johnny Leota)
14. Tom Brady
15. Rob Miller
16. Marc Jones (Joe Ward)
17. Vadim Cobilas
18. Henry Thomas
19. Kearnan Myall/Fraser McKenzie
20. Mark Easter (Richie Vernon)
21. Dwayne Peel (Will Cliff)
22. Nick MacLeod/Johnny Leota
23. Mark Cueto (Charlie Amesbury/Will Addison)
James Gaskell will certainly be involved, but not sure where, and I wouldn't have him in to be honest.
Scrum won't be great. Dickinson has improved at Sale but still isn't a great scrummager. Fridge will improve the scrum a lot but he's only one man and whoever he's propping with will not be great, though Henry is quickly improving, so I wouldn't be adverse to him and Fridge pairing up. Cobilas is our 2nd best scrummager though I don't think he'll feature that much, as even when Buckley was getting ruined all season he was barely used. If he was EQP I think he'd be played more, but he's not...
Lots of depth at lock. Gray a nailed on starter, then any of Ostrikov/McKenzie/Myall would be class. Gaskell...not so much.
I think Fourie will be used at 6 as that's where he played (when Seymour was fit) when not injured, and he's a big/physical player so could go well there - and with him and Seymour on the pitch there'll be no shortage of scavengers.
Not sure about Cueto on the wing - he's on his way out and lots of mistakes were creeping in to his game last season, but there's not a lot of choice, to be honest. I like Amesbury, though, so wouldn't be adverse to seeing him start more.
Addison at 13, for me. Leota and Tuitupou are too similar to really work that well as a unit - I prefer Leota to Tuitupou though, so if Sam isn't captain next season (I think Powell will be) then 12. Addison/13. Leota would be my first choice. Though Sam at 12 would help Cipriani out with defence.
Not sure how we'll fair in the league or HEC. Top 6 finish is what I want, any wins in the HEC a bonus.