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Brewer to continue cull

Sale head coach Mike Brewer will push through the departure of several more players as he looks to finalise his new-look squad ahead of the new Aviva Premiership campaign.

Brewer arrived at Edgeley Park towards the end of last season as replacement for Jason Robinson following a disastrous campaign in which Sale finished second bottom. The former New Zealand forward, 45, carried out an audit of the squad upon his arrival and swiftly came to the conclusion a number of players were simply not good enough.

The former All Blacks skipper said: "Will more players be leaving? They certainly will be and that's being handled at the moment by the club, the players and their representatives."

He has conducted a clean sweep, with the number of departures and new recruits both well into double figures and with Brewer leaving nobody in any doubt as to who is running the show.

Director of rugby Kingsley Jones will be responsible for long-term squad planning, the academy and player development, leaving Brewer in charge of all first-team rugby matters. He added: "By the time we start the season on September 3 at home to Newcastle, we will have a squad of about 38 or 39 players.

"Change was needed here. Not change for the sake of it but because the squad lacked penetration, power and back-up in certain areas."

Reflecting on his arrival in April, Brewer recalled: "Sale were in a bad situation towards the end of last season.

"(Sale owner) Brian Kennedy, asked me to come in and do an audit on the squad and the rugby management, which I did.

"I profiled the squad because you have to know the players' capabilities and also how they are being coached and the systems that are in place.

"But, as I said to Brian, a lot of the guys that needed to be moved on were still under contract. I also said 'if you want me to take this job then I'm going to want quite a bit of change in terms of the profile of the squad'."

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