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Sale Sharks appoint former All Blacks coach John Mitchell

Last Updated: 28/11/12 7:39pm

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John Mitchell: Left his position with the Golden Lions in South Africa to join Sale's coaching staff

John Mitchell: Left his position with the Golden Lions in South Africa to join Sale's coaching staff

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Sale have drafted in former All Blacks head coach John Mitchell as they attempt to drag themselves clear of the relegation mire.

Mitchell, who played for the Sharks in the 1990s, has answered the call of former teammate Steve Diamond and will immediately join the club's coaching staff.

The 48-year-old quit the Golden Lions in South Africa last week, which allowed him to link up with the Aviva Premiership strugglers on a permanent basis.

He said: "Some of my mates think I'm mad and that I should sit back and wait for a Test team, but at the end of the day rugby is in my blood and I think this challenge is something that stimulates me because of the situation that Sale are in."

Despite Sale's abysmal start to the season, losing eight of their opening nine games, Mitchell believes they can turn things around.

"Rugby can deal you some hard cards at times but when we dig ourselves out of this situation the club will be even stronger for it," he said.

"At Sale we have always prided ourselves on playing an attractive style of rugby but also been a very hungry side. And when we're hungry were pretty hard to stop.

"So I'd like to see a lot more hunger. You don't necessarily need to be the best football side around but you do need that hunger.

"We seem to be quite comfortable and enjoy playing with the ball but I'd like to see us get a little more excited without the ball and create more pressure at the right end of the field."

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