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Premier Rugby appoint rugby manager

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Winstanley was a player with Sale Sharks from 1996 where, at the end of his playing career, he progressed to Sale's Operations Manager having previously played for Orrell.

The newly created role of Rugby Manager has responsibility for managing the playing related matters of the 12 Premier Rugby clubs including fixtures, regulations and the Zurich A League as well as working closely with the RFU's Performance Department on such issues as the Elite Playing Squad and players welfare etc. 

Phil's appointment is initially a six-month fixed term contract through to the end of the current season. 

He will be assisted by an advisory team made up of Jack Rowell (Bath Rugby), John Steele (Northampton Saints) and Peter Wheeler (Leicester Tigers).

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