Sparkling Diamond a cut above

It was arguably the transfer coup of the year and the most compelling sign yet that a revival is in full swing.

Last month, when Scotland lock and Lion-in-waiting Richie Gray agreed to join Sale, it confirmed the overhaul of the club’s reputation.

Several leading clubs in Europe had coveted the 22-year-old’s signature, but he opted for Sale despite a last-ditch attempt by Saracens to hijack the deal. He agreed to come because of the remarkable work done by Steve Diamond, director of rugby at Edgeley Park.

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