Sale Sharks have announced their youngest-ever captain in the shape of second row James Gaskell.
When Gaskell leads the side out on Friday evening against Newcastle Falcons aged 20 years, 106 days, he will become the youngest-ever captain of Sale Sharks.
Gaskell is a product of the Sale Sharks’ Academy season, having joined the club as a youngster from Sandbach, and has been tipped as a future England star. How he develops as a leader this season may well have a bearing on that career path.
Charlie Hodgson was favourite to be named as Club Captain, but the fly-half will provide useful support for Gaskell, along with other senior players like Andrew Sheridan and Mark Cueto.