TOP BAR - Fixtures

Cueto keen to add to record

Aviva Premiership Rugby’s all-time leading try scorer Mark Cueto may have resigned himself to seeing his record broken sooner rather than later, but the Sale Sharks winger still wants to add a few more scores to his tally before hanging up his boots.

Cueto notched the first league try of his 14th professional season in a hard-fought 18-11 victory over Exeter Chiefs last weekend, taking his career total in the top-flight to 87.

The reason that he hasn’t been his normally prolific self is an opening-day foot injury which kept him sidelined for the early part of the season.

While there has been no official announcement, the former England man, who turns 35 today, admits his intention to retire at the end of the season.

And although he fully expects second-placed Tom Varndell, who currently resides on 80 tries, to overtake his all-time record, Cueto is keen to notch more scores to make the Wasps winger’s task as hard as possible

“It was nice to get my first try of the year last weekend because I’ve had a bit of a sticky start to the season it was only my third start in the Premiership thanks to injury,” he said.

“I got injured in that first game of the season against Bath and it was a funny one – I thought it would only keep me out for two weeks but I ended up being out for eight or nine weeks.

“It’s always nice to get on the scoresheet and in my last season it would be nice to finish well with a few more.

“It would be nice to retire as the leading try scorer in Premiership Rugby but Tom Varndell is still a young guy and if he stays in the Premiership then he will nick that record in the years to come.”

The victory over Exeter was Sale’s fourth league success on the spin and they will try to make it five-in-a-row when they take on Leicester Tigers at the AJ Bell Stadium on Saturday.

Their recent good form has lifted Steve Diamond’s troops to fifth in the Aviva Premiership Rugby table, just two points behind fourth-placed Saracens.

But with his years of experience, Cueto says Sale are not getting ahead of themselves in terms of the rest of the season.

“Making the play-offs would be the dream for us but realistically, we said at the start of the season that the top six was our aim,” he added.

“We’ve been inconsistent over the past few years where we’ll be competing in the top six one season and the next we will be in a relegation battle.

“So we wanted to bring that yearly form and consistency again and be competing in the league and European competition.

“We know that the league is generally tight and comes down to the last game, so we want to up there.”

From 9am on Boxing Day get 20 per cent off a limited number of tickets to the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final 2015. Click this link to take advantage of this great offer

Latest News

Worcester Warriors get set for this weekend’s Singha 7s with Gordon Ross in charge

Worcester Warriors are looking to their experienced 7s players to make an impact in the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s tournament…

Gordon Ross

Adam Radwan ready to fly for Newcastle Falcons in Singha 7s action

Having lit up last season’s Singha Premiership Rugby 7s, Newcastle Falcons flyer Adam Radwan is determined to do the same…

Adam Radwan

Singha 7s is a ‘brilliant tournament’ says Harlequins’ Ross Chisholm

Harlequins full-back Ross Chisholm is urging his up-and-coming compatriots to grab their Singha Premiership Rugby 7s opportunity with both hands.…

Ross Chisholm

Neil Briggs Previews Singha 7s

Neil Briggs, Team Manager for the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s, is excited to see how his young Sharks this weekend.…

Neil Briggs Previews Singha 7's

Leicester Tigers form new partnership with Loughborough University

Leicester Tigers and Loughborough University have formed a new partnership to provide development opportunities for players and coaches. The link…

Bath Rugby and Canterbury to donate £10,000 worth of kit to local clubs

Bath Rugby and Canterbury are donating up to £10,000 to 10 grassroots clubs in the Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire area…

Bath Rugby and Canterbury to donate £10,000 worth of kit to local clubs

Harlequins join forces with world leading sports tech Catapult

Harlequins have today (Monday 24th July) strengthened their partnership with world leader in performance analytics, Catapult, to track and improve…

Harlequins join forces with world leading sports tech Catapult

London Irish sign Dawidiuk

London Irish have bolstered their front-row with the signing of hooker Darren Dawidiuk as preparations continue ahead of the 2017/18…

London Irish sign Dawidiuk

Jeff Williams excited by new Bath Rugby role for Singha Premiership Rugby 7s

Bath Rugby won’t be lacking rugby 7s experience when former England international Jeff Williams takes the reigns for the Singha…

Whiteley hoping to lead Saracens starlets to glory in Singha 7s

Saracens scrum-half Tom Whiteley is hoping to use all his experience of competing at the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s to…

Mike Delany returns to New Zealand

Newcastle Falcons fly-half Mike Delany has returned to his native New Zealand to sign for home province, Bay of Plenty.…

Mike Delany

Topsy Ojo talks London Double Header memories

With six weeks to go until London Irish lock horns with Harlequins in the iconic London Double Header at Twickenham,…

Topsy Ojo

Toby Flood hopes to bring ruthless streak to Newcastle Falcons

Toby Flood is hoping to help give Newcastle Falcons the ruthless streak required to push them further up the Aviva…

Toby Flood

Aviva Premiership Rugby set for changes after six law amendments added to global trial

Aviva Premiership Rugby will be part of the global trial for six new law amendments after the World Rugby Executive…

Alex Lewington hopes London Irish youngsters will gain confidence from Singha 7s

London Irish wing Alex Lewington cannot wait to see which youngsters step up to the plate in the Singha Premiership…

Alex Lewington

Worcester Warriors sign Ireland scrum-half Peter Stringer

Warriors have signed Ireland international Peter Stringer on a six-month deal ahead of the 2017/18 season. The scrum-half will join…

Peter Stringer

Tim Streather forced to retire from rugby

Former Saracens centre Tim Streather has been forced to retire from the game due to a knee injury. Commenting on…

Tim Streather

Contract and captaincy for Dylan Hartley at Northampton Saints

Northampton Saints has today announced that Dylan Hartley has both signed a new contract and been appointed as the club’s…

Dylan Hartley

Forwards Coach George Skivington says London Irish squad are chomping at the bit

The London Irish squad have returned for pre-season training ‘hungrier’ than ever before according to Forwards Coach George Skivington. Now…

George Skivington