‘Champions Cup means everything’ – Haley

Date published: October 11 2016

Sale Sharks full-back Mike Haley is looking forward to their Champions Cup opener at the Scarlets as he continues his return from injury.

Haley made his comeback in the defeat at Bath over the weekend and admitted that while it was good to be back it was not the perfect return. 

"It was great to get my first game time of the season. When you are coming back from an injury the first game is always nice," he told Sale's website. "It didn't really go to plan at Bath but for me it is back to work with training everyday and facing the consequences of bad performances."

The 22-year-old was excellent last season for the Sharks and was rewarded with outings for the Saxons against South Africa A during June.

However, a shoulder injury in the second match led to him missing the early part of this season and he is eager to make up for lost time.

"I don't think about the injury anymore," he continued. "It was special for me to pull on the white England shirt for the Saxons, and now for Sale I want to draw on the experience of being around those England players and coaches and try and bring it to club performances."

"There are some minor details in the way we're playing that is the difference between us scoring four or five tries or not scoring any at all. It's all about the small details and making sure we are running the game the best as we can," he said, hailing their Champions Cup bow.

"It means a lot for us to be involved in the European competition. We worked very hard last season (in the Premiership) and it means everything to us now because it brings in big crowds to the AJ Bell that make us want to do our best in the competition and push on."