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Diamond allays Sheridan fears

Sale executive director of sport Steve Diamond does not believe loosehead prop Andrew Sheridan will be forced to quit rugby after returning home injured from the World Cup.

Sheridan faces a third shoulder operation after being ruled out of England's campaign in New Zealand, but Diamond played down concerns over the 31-year-old's future after his side's 29-18 Aviva Premiership win at Wasps this afternoon.

"I don't think he's going to retire," Diamond said. "He sees the surgeon on Monday or Tuesday. The surgeon has seen the scan and he said something needs doing.

"I've spoken to the lad on the phone and he's obviously down in the dumps but we'll give him the best of support.

"I don't think there's any rash decisions can be made."

Diamond was delighted, meanwhile, with the performance of his young side on Saturday.

Close-season signing Fraser McKenzie opened his scoring account as Sale handed Wasps their first Premiership defeat of the season. The 23-year-old former Scotland Under-19 captain - signed from Edinburgh - sparked a fine recovery by the Sharks, who dominated for long spells to turn the match around after trailing 10-3 after 14 minutes.

Diamond said: "Nine or 10 of our squad were 21 or under. We've 19 and 20-year-old props who are learning by the week.

"The scrum was very good today and we got the penalties we deserved."

Wasps rugby director Dai Young was disappointed by his side, who had won their opening two Premiership matches, saying: "It was a poor performance. We started well but after that you have to say we came second best in everything really."

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