Here's to Jason White, a Sale Great!

Sean KellyAnalyst IJanuary 10, 2009

For some reason I've always had this fascination with Sale Sharks.

It may be due to Jason Robinson. Billy Whizz was one of my first major rugby inspirations, I watched his dancing feet with amazement as he left defenders in his wake.

I was then led onto his Autobiography "Finding my feet" where his story on his rise from Alcoholism to his electric League career, then leading on to his legacy as a Union great, made him even more of a hero to me.

Or maybe its because of always liked the dark navy blue jersey they have donned over the years, whatever it was I've always (even as an apparent Bath fan) had a major soft spot for the Sharks from Manchester.

This has led me onto watching as many games as I could through Sky sports, and I have even been lucky enough to watch them when they have come down to Bath.

So over these years I have watched these games, and marvelled at fan favourites like Sebastien Chabal, Charlie Hodgson, Mark Cueto, Andrew Sheridan, and finally Jason White.

So now I come onto Jason White, the man from Glasgow.

The back-rower, who captained Sale last season, has never been able to grab the headlines that the likes of Seabass (Chabal) have, but still in his time has managed to maintain this amazing reputation, and one of the best Flankers in the Premiership.

However, sadly, White will be moving on from the Manchester outfit at the end of the season to broaden his horizons at Clermont Auvergne.

The Glaswegian who is now known as one of the hardest tacklers in Rugby union will be sorely missed by Sale, and will really show how much of a rock he was and has always been in the Sale side when they are struck with his absence.

As well as his heroics with the Sharks side that lifted the Premiership crown in 2006, he has gone on to captain his country 58 times, and also went on Lions (whitewash) tour of 2005 in New Zealand as a late replacement for Richard Hill, which really he should of been on as a necessity rather than a back-up.

So to a truely great player, who I will miss as my love affair with Sale Sharks continues. I wish all the best, and hope he carries his reputation accross Europe with him, and continues to be that back-row brick wall, who loves to tackle.