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Sale Sharks 'in negotiations' with missing Racing 92 star Nakarawa

Diamond was delighted with the impact of World Cup finalists Faf De Klerk and Tom Curry but disappointed at missing out on a bonus point in a 25-15 win over La Rochelle in the Heineken Champions Cup.

Former England winger Chris Ashton scored a competition record-extending 40th try but the Premiership club made hard work of securing their first win of this year’s tournament against indisciplined opponents who had one man sent off and two others sin-binned.

Sale's slow start continues at Leicester

The basement side enjoyed a fine start at Welford Road, scoring the game's first try through Marland Yarde after five minutes, but they failed to build from there.

George Ford's boot proved decisive for Leicester as he dispatched four penalties, seemingly putting the Tigers out of sight after Kyle Eastmond went over from Gareth Owen's offload.

Sale came into the contest again in the final 20 minutes and crossed through both Rob Webber and Curtis Langdon, but Will Cliff was unable to land any of his three conversion attempts.