Sale Sharks captain Sam Tuitupou returns to training

Sam Tuitupou
Tuitupou has won nine senior caps for the All Blacks

Sale Sharks' captain Sam Tuitupou will return to training this week, according to club executive director of sport Steve Diamond.

Tuitupou, 29, has been in New Zealand sorting out work visa issues.

He was named Sale captain during pre-season but is yet to make an appearance since signing from Munster.

"Now Sam has the necessary paperwork he will soon be leading the team out as our appointed team captain," Diamond told the club website.

The Sharks have also revealed flanker Hendre Fourie will be out until at least the new year to undergo shoulder surgery.

The England international's last appearance was in the World Cup warm up game against Ireland, but since being back with Sale the new injury has been discovered.

"He limped off [for England] with a hamstring strain but has since been struggling with a shoulder injury that will require surgery," Diamond stated.

"His rehabilitation will start immediately after surgery and we expect him back early in the New Year."

Former Sale hooker Diamond also dismissed rumours England prop Andrew Sheridan will be forced to retire following his return from the World Cup with a shoulder injury.

Sheridan, who played in the 2007 World Cup final, was out for almost a year following two operations on a dislocated left shoulder in October 2009.

"I don't think there's any rash decisions can be made, I just think he needs to be managed a bit better than he has been," Diamond added.

"If he's looked after a bit better, we're looking at how we can get two or three years out of him.

"I think we just get him straight again, give him a bit of love and get him playing for Sale."

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