RUGBY WORLD CUP 2011
WITH World Cup warrior Alasdair Dickinson ready to return to club rugby with Sale this weekend – former Scotland international Bryan Redpath has warned his Gloucester side to be on high-alert.
The Sharks will travel down to the West Country looking to make it two wins in a week over Redpath’s Gloucester, having pipped the Cherry and Whites 13-11 at Edgeley Park in the league last Saturday.
But Redpath has warned his old club to expect no favours as Gloucester prepare to begin the defence of their LV= Cup crown at Kingsholm on Saturday.
Sale will welcome back a whole host of players from the World Cup, with Tony Buckley and Richie Vernon among the returning Sharks.
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But it is Redpath’s compatriot Dickinson, who the Scot is particularly wary of having spent the last four years coaching him down at Kingsholm.
“Alasdair Dickinson was back for them last week and got a bit of time off the bench,” said Redpath, who played 80 times for Sale and amassed more than 30 points for the Stockport-based club. “He’s a player we know very well – we know what he’s capable of.
“With it being a home game last week for Sale, I think it was an easier way to come back into it, and I’m sure he’ll be desperate to get back playing regularly for them.
“He moved on from Gloucester to play some rugby because he felt his opportunities were limited here.
“And Nick Wood has been fantastic for us again this year, but I’m sure Dicko will be desperate to come back here and try to do one over on us – he’s a very talented individual.
“He got one over last weekend so hopefully it won’t be 2-0 or I won’t be too chirpy.”