Sale Sharks have announced the appointment of club and England legend Jason Robinson OBE as a non-executive director.
Jason, who was a key part of Sharks’ Premiership winning side in 2006 and won more than 50 international caps, returns to the club 14 years after he played his last game.
The 46-year-old will be based at Sale’s Carrington training ground and will work on projects across the commercial, community and rugby departments of the club.
Sharks CEO Sid Sutton has hailed Jason’s return as the ‘perfect storm’ as the club build a new culture based on care and togetherness both internally and in the community.
And for Jason, it’s a chance to help kick-start a new era at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Jason said: “I want to work with people who are passionate about bringing about change and as soon as I started speaking to Sid (Sutton, Sharks CEO) it was clear that we were perfectly aligned and we had the same desire to develop people and care for the community.
“I know what this game has done for me and I know the impact rugby can have on lives. I’ve gained a lot of experience in the 14 years since I finished playing and now I’m really excited to be back at a club where I can use that to make a difference.
“This club that gave me so many of my best memories on a rugby field. Now I want to use all the knowledge and experience that I have to help the club in some of the areas that I have worked in – community, corporate, and rugby too.
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“This role now gives me a chance to work with Sid and the club and make a huge difference on and off the field. Sid’s vision for the club going forward is something I want to be a part of. I want to help make the club stronger on and off the field.
“The potential to grow the club is huge and we have big plans to increase the fan base and make this club an organisation that the north of England can truly be proud of.
“I haven’t been this excited about a new project for a long, long time.”
Jason won more than 50 international caps and scored a try in England’s 2003 World Cup final triumph against Australia. And now he wants to pass on the experience he picked up during a glittering 20-year, cross-code career.
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