James Mitchell has said he sees Friday’s Anglo-Welsh Cup tie against Wasps as a great opportunity for Sale’s younger players.
The 21-year-old scrum-half is one of the upcoming youngsters in the side, having featured on the bench a number of times this season, and is looking to to push on.
“It’s happened all around the team, with Sam James and Mike Haley, and now players like Paolo Odogwu and Tom Curry breaking through,” he explained.
“We’re all quite close knit as an academy and we try to feed off each other. We’re excited to see those players getting regular game time and we all try to push on and feed off what they’ve done.”
Following the signing of Mike Phillips in the summer, Mitchell now has two experienced scrum-halves in the ex-Wales international and Peter Stringer to learn from, and says he is reaping the benefits.
“I’ve been learning off them in training all the time, there’s no two better people to learn from really.
He continued, saying: “All three of us are different types of players, but I’m trying to take parts of their game and add it to mine, and hopefully it’ll make me a better player.
“It’s good having them here. It’s good to have that competition for places and I’ll always do my best to put pressure on them.”
The Sharks come up against a Wasps side that have lost only once this season, but the academy graduate is hopefully of securing a result.
“Our set piece will be really important. If we do our basics right, I think we’ll do well,” said Mitchell.
“The home crowd will be massive too,” he continued. “We’ve set a target and we don’t want to lose any of our home games. If we can go unbeaten in all three competitions from here on in, I think we can go far.”
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