Sale poised to schmooze Manu Tuilagi after 'insulting' first offer

The Sharks director of rugby is poised to present the soon-to-be 32-year-old with a significantly improved contract offer that he hopes will be enough to convince their former marquee salary cap player to stay on in Manchester rather than take up more lucrative offers in France and Japan.

The 21-word Sale answer to latest Manu Tuilagi 'leaving' rumour

The 31-year-old has been regularly linked with a move away from the Manchester club when the 2022/23 campaign comes to a finish – and there was further speculation last weekend that the likely English Six Nations starter next week versus Scotland will quit the Premiership.

'Too much negative': Sale hit back over Tuilagi clash with Allan

The Italian out-half was stretchered off in the 56th minute at The Stoop after his high-ball fumble was followed by Tuilagi clattering into him.

Wayne Barnes decided that the clash was a rugby incident, which allowed Tuilagi to play on without sanction, and the match referee’s decision was backed up by the absence of any subsequent citing for the England midfielder.

Ukraine war impact: McDonald's to leave Russia for good after 30 years

The move comes after it temporarily closed its 850 outlets in March.

The fast food giant said it made the decision because of the "humanitarian crisis" and "unpredictable operating environment" caused by the Ukraine war.

The opening of McDonald's first restaurant in Moscow in 1990 came to symbolise a thaw in Cold War tensions.

A year later, the Soviet Union collapsed and Russia opened up its economy to companies from the West. More than three decades later, however, it is one of a growing number of corporations pulling out.

The GPS tweak which Sale hope can get Tuilagi back with England

The powerhouse midfielder damaged his hamstring in the act of diving in to score in the corner at Twickenham during last November’s win over the world champion Springboks.

Sharks had suggested in recent weeks that a comeback for the 30-year-old wasn’t too far away, generating hopes that he would be back in action in time for the start of the Six Nations on February 5. 

Du Preez joins brother at Sale

Sale were in need of cover in the back row after Tom Curry suffered an ankle injury and they have acquired the versatile Jean-Luc du Preez from Super Rugby side the Sharks.

Sale's new signing has appeared in 13 internationals for the Springboks and has represented Sharks over 60 times.

"He is part of the formidable Sharks back row in South Africa and can play in all back three positions," said Sale's director of rugby Steve Diamond.

US blocks sale of Moneygram to China's Ant Financial

It is the highest profile Chinese deal to be rejected by Washington since Donald Trump came to power.

Regulators overseeing foreign investments in the US had refused to support the takeover, the firms said.

The geopolitical environment had "changed considerably" since the merger was announced last year, they added.


The collapse is a blow to the ambitions of Alibaba's billionaire executive chairman Jack Ma, who had promised President Trump that he would create a million US jobs.

Challenge Cup: Sale & Toulouse draw

The Australian lined up at fly-half for the home side at AJ Bell Stadium, but could not quite inspire his team to victory in the Pool 2 meeting.

Toulouse were first on the board through Semi Kunatani, and the lead stood at 14-3 when Sebastien Bezy went over under the posts before converting his own score.

Sale pulled themselves back into contention just before half-time thanks to Denny Solomona's try and they were ahead for the first time as Bryn Evans charged down a kick and touched down 10 minutes into the second period.