Dan Braid: Sale Sharks captain close to new contract

Dan Braid
Dan Braid won six caps for New Zealand before his move to England

Sale Sharks captain Dan Braid is close to agreeing a new contract that will see him take a player-coach role.

The 33-year-old former New Zealand international is out of contract at the end of the current campaign.

Braid moved to Sale in January 2013 and took over from Dave Seymour as captain at the start of last season, helping them to a top-six Premiership finish.

"We're getting close so I'm looking to put the body through another season," he told BBC Sport.

The back-row forward has been an integral part of the Salford-based Sharks side since he moved to English rugby from Auckland Blues, scoring 14 tries in his 47 appearances.

Having won five of their last seven Premiership games, Sale are well set for another top-half finish and Braid believes that is down to the players' approach.

"Our focus has been in the performance and the attitude we take into the game, trying to execute what we're doing on the field," he added.

"We don't worry about the result after that - the Northampton game is an example of getting the performance and we got the win from there."

Danny Cipriani
Sale fly-half Danny Cipriani has been working with England kicking coach Mike Catt this week

Meanwhile, Sale director of rugby Steve Diamond believes he may now be missing fly-half Danny Cipriani for the duration of the Six Nations.

Cipriani, 27, was widely thought to be behind George Ford and Owen Farrell for a place in the England side, but Farrell has been ruled out of the competition with a knee injury.

"I think Danny's gone up the pecking order before the injury," said Diamond. "But you expect to lose him for the competition."

"In one respect, I'm delighted for Danny as he's worked hard for it and he's got to take his opportunity.

"If he doesn't take it then no doubt he'll be back with us."

Diamond also said Sale remain in contract discussions with a number of players about new deals including Cipriani, Michael Paterson, Jonathan Mills and Tom Arscott.

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