The former England Rugby international and Sale Sharks winger lives in Hale. After hanging up his boots in 2015,Mark took up a position as Sale Sharks commercial director
“It’s been a strange time for us in lots of ways and just like everyone else in the country, we’ve had to try and adapt to life and do everything we can in the interests of safety for our players, staff and fans.
“There’s been a sustained period of investment during the past few years from the club’s owners – Simon Orange and
Ged Mason – and we now boast a squad including England stars and World Cup winners capable of challenging in domestic and European competition.
“When the lockdown started in March, we stood in second place in the Gallagher Premiership, and were preparing to play in the Premiership Rugby Cup final, only for that game and sport at all levels to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Despite the lack of action on the pitch, we’ve been hard at work behind the scenes to keep the momentum of our successful season so far going.
“One of those things is the launch of a new elite women’s team, which will play in the top women’s league – the Tyrrells Premier 15s – next season. Following the appointment of Darren Lamon as head of women’s rugby, we’ve also brought in England’s World Cup-winning captain Katy DaleyMcLean as a player-coach to spearhead the growth of women’s rugby in the area.
“As commercial director, I usually get the chance to meet with club partners and sponsors at the AJ Bell Stadium as they enjoy hospitality before, during and after top-flight games. “During lockdown, we’ve stayed
to work out at spots where ‘Lockdown has also given us the chance
connected digitally, and it’s been fantastic to see so many we work with in the business community going the extra mile to help our NHS and key workers.
“From donating ventilators and PPE to providing free transport, they’ve gone above and beyond in these uncertain times, and we’ve been keeping our fans up to date with regular features on our club updates and social media.
“The lockdown period has also brought significant challenges for our playing squad, who have found themselves having to train at home rather than our high-performance centre in Carrington. They’ve also supported isolated members of the community by making personal phone calls as part of the league-wide #MakeThatCall campaign.
“Like me, a number of them live in Cheshire, and they’ve been doing everything they can to stay fit and sharp ahead of a return to the season, which we hope will come soon.”
Mark Cueto Ben Curry in action