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Neil Briggs extends Sale Sharks deal until 2012

Neil Briggs
Briggs made 17 appearances last season scoring one try

Sale Sharks hooker Neil Briggs has extended his contract at the club until the end of the 2012 season.

The 25-year-old joined the club in 2005 from Rotherham and despite the ability to play a number of positions has become the club's first-choice hooker.

He said: "These are exciting times to be involved at Sale Sharks.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time and the supporters have been great with me. Hopefully we can give them plenty to cheer about next season."

Director of sport Steve Diamond has also revealed that he has been in touch with the elite military unit, the SAS, to help with their pre-season training.

"I've got a mate who is a senior member of the regiment and they are going to do some team building with us in the summer," Diamond said.

These are exciting times to be involved at Sale Sharks

Sale hooker Neil Briggs

"The thinking behind using the SAS is that working with them will help take us out of our usual environment.

"Like any job, rugby can get boring if you constantly do the same things day in and day out.

"It's good to see how people do things differently and they have got an understanding of high performance at the highest level, and we are coming from an environment of non high performance.

"The first sessions will take place over the summer and, hopefully, we can build up a relationship with the military and take things from there."

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