Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Secrets and Lies

It’s all a bit secret squirrel at Sale Sharks where winger Tom Arscott has been suspended for allegedly leaking information to Bristol prior to the New Year’s day game between the two teams, a game which Bristol won 24-23 after overturning a 0-15 deficit.

Both Sale and the RFU are investigating and, while Bristol have confirmed that Arscott did meet his brother (and Bristol player) Luke the day before the match, the West Country club insists that "nothing of any sporting value" was passed on.

The facts seem rather thin on the ground but a few things to note here:

- that two brothers met up for a chat on New Year’s Eve hardly seems a justifiable basis for such scrutiny;

- it seems that the attention of Sale’s DoR, Steve Diamond, was drawn to the issue by members of the Sale squad, suggesting deeper underlying issues amongst the players?

- how much information of value does a winger actually possess? 😄

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