Sam Tuitupou appointed Sale Sharks captain

Sam Tuitupou

Tuitupou joined Sale from Munster this summer

Sale Sharks have appointed centre Sam Tuitupou as club captain for the forthcoming season.

The 29-year-old New Zealander takes over from England winger Mark Cueto, who finished last season as captain.

Director of sport Steve Diamond said: "Sam joined us in the summer and has been outstanding at training, leading by example and motivating others.

"It was a difficult decision but we thought that Sam would be here with us and not be playing in internationals."

If Sam is unavailable, we'll pick a captain as we go forward

Steve Diamond Sale director of sport

Sale appointed young back-row forward James Gaskell as captain last season , but due to a combination of his injuries and Mike Brewer's sacking, Dave Seymour, Neil Macleod and Neil Briggs had spells in charge of the team.

"We're not having vice-captains. If Sam is unavailable, we'll pick a captain as we go forward," Diamond added.

"We've got two other leaders in the group, Joe Ward and Nick Macleod, who are our 'governors'.

"They look after discipline for us and that's how it works out for the team."