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Sheridan to make long-awaited comeback

England prop returns after double shoulder surgery

Posted Aug 13, 2010 by John Casson

Andrew Sheridan

Many players are returning to action this season after some lengthy periods on the sidelines and they will be eager to make a massive impact on the sport.

None more so than Sale Sharks and England loosehead prop Andrew Sheridan who makes his long-awaited return this month.

The 30-year-old, an impressively powerful prop who can dominate the best on his day, has been out for almost 10 month safter suffering a dislocated shoulder last October against Cardiff Blues in the Heineken Cup. He has effectively had both shoulders rebuilt because of this injury and a long-standing problem to his right shoulder.

No doubt the Sale crowd will welcome him back with open arms after watching their side struggle in a relegation battle without their dynamic front row monster who stands at six foot four inches tall and weighs in at 18st 10lbs.

A near elite class powerlifter, this monstrous rugby player can bench press 225kg (33 stone) and squat 275kg (over 43 stone) and will bring much needed strength and power to the Sale front row.

On a slightly different note, someone else keen to make an immediate impression this season is the ‘bionic man’, Lewis Moody, having ended his 14-year spell with Leicester Tigers and joined Bath.

Recently named England captain, Moody earned his nickname after playing with several injuries during his career. His never-say-die attitude, his willingness to chase down opponents and his incredible ability to contest possession at restarts, makes the back-row forward a fans favourite for whomever he plays.

It’s going to be a massive season for both Moody and Sheridan – both with something to aim for and supporters to impress. And all being well, both starring for England during the up and coming internationals (if selected of course!).

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