Diamond praises Saracens quality

Date published: November 16 2016

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Sale director of rugby Steve Diamond has lauded Saracens as the “best side in the world” ahead of their clash at the AJ Bell Stadium on Sunday.

The Sharks take on Saracens this weekend and Diamond is well aware of the quality in the opposition they will face.

“Saracens are the best side in the world. They are well run, well managed, and well coached, plus they look to be a good set of lads. They win most of their games so it’ll be a tough outing for us. I think, as we are a better side than we were last year, but so are they,” Diamond told the Sale Sharks website.

“We’re fortunate we have two Premiership games at home in this stint of games, but we’re only fortunate if we win them. We are playing top opposition, and we usually raise our game for these games.”

Diamond says although his club have been hit by injuries they have enough depth in the squad to perform strongly.

“We’ve got difficult decisions to make in a couple of positions, there are a few lads who’ve come back from injury so generally we’re in a good position to pick from,” he added.

“We’ve had a few people out injured who haven’t played since last year, so they are fresh, we’re three months into the season, and five months to go – we’ve got our best players coming back on form hopefully – Sammy T is back, Rob Webber is back, TJ is fit as is AJ MacGinty, and whilst they haven’t been playing, there have been a few players who have put their hands up.”

Diamond confirmed the latest injury news coming from the side: “Fridge (Eifion) has got an ACL and out for the rest of the season, Kieran Longbottom is a couple of weeks off from coming back, but we are pretty much back to full strength.

“I’m happy with James Flynn coming through, and we’ve got Ross Harrison so there is no need for a replacement, if any more injuries we may look.”

He added: “The crowds are up 75% which is great – we’re trying to play an entertaining brand of rugby, just unfortunate with the results, we haven’t played with a fly-half yet! We’ve got a bigger crowd coming on Sunday then we had for Toulon, so hope it should be a good day out.”

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