OLD SALIANS RUGBY CLUB

OLD SALIANS RUGBY CLUB

By Wilf Dooley
3rd August 2015
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Trafford MV welcomes any Old Salians past or present to may want to get back into the game, either socially or competitively to make use of MV's club


Trafford MV are keen to see Old Salians succeed again as a competitive Club in Sale.

Welcome to the Old Salians Rugby Club. Historically, the Old Salians existed as a club made up of old boys from Sale Boys’ Grammar School. The rugby club came into existence in the 1940s and developed into a vibrant community of players and supporters based at the Sale Cricket, Lawn Tennis, Hockey and Old Salians Rugby Club on Clarendon Crescent. The club was still operating into the 2000s, however, a decline in numbers meant that the club stopped playing fixtures. Dave Walmsley has produced an excellent website with some fascinating archives of the school and the Old Salians club. You should visit the site to get a sense of the rich history of the rugby heritage that has lead up to this point in the Old Boys current developments. Follow this link: www.saleboysgrammarschool.org

During the late 1990s and up to the present, the amalgamated Sale Grammar School developed its rugby culture and competes at a good level with local schools. Under the guidance of the former Head of PE, Andy Hindle, rugby at Sale Grammar became firmly established as one of the main sports at the school. One particular highlight of the rugby calendar was the end of season fixture against local rivals Altrincham Boys Grammar School. The fixture was held at Heywood Road and grew into a well supported event. The game was played for the honour of a silver cup – which became known as the Hindle Cup. Sadly, Mr Hindle passed away suddenly and the Hindle Cup became an emotionally charged event for the Sale boys.

The Hindle Cup fixture evolved in recent years as the Alti Boys team stopped competing. In 2013 the Hindle Cup became a contest between the Sale Grammar First XV and a squad made up of Old Boys. The event was launched to celebrate the many successful years of rugby during Mr Hindle’s time at the school and the current school coaching staff. Parents of the players, former students and other alumni have been enjoying the Hindle Cup in its current form. So far the Old Boys have taken the spoils, with some superb efforts from the school’s First XV.

Since 2008, the school began a series of tours in order to provide team building opportunities and challenge. The first Tour of Cumbria saw the evolution of the Price Cup – a competition between squads coached by Mr Price-Uden and his brother Mr Price. Sale lost the first fixture 27-0 in a physical encounter against an Egremont Select side made of rugby league players. After touring Shropshire the squad returned to Cumbria for the Tour of Steel where the second Price Cup fixture was fiercely contested. After a bruising encounter the Sale Boys took the cup.

After the Hindle Cup fixture in 2015, the players and coaches of the Old Boys squad decided to resurrect the Old Salians Rugby Club. The club aims to provide former Sale boys the opportunity to continue to enjoy rugby. The Old Salians will continue to focus on the annual Hindle Cup, and will play a series of invitational games during the year. In addition the squad will embark on short tours during the year. The club is open to all former players from Sale Grammar. If you are a former player at the school, or indeed was involved in the Old Salians at any time, the club would love to hear from you. Hopefully, the Old Salians will become a firmly estasblished institution that will provide opportunities for the Old Boys to get together socially and for the love of rugby

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