|Zimbio: Chris Wyles|
The Sale Sharks won the then titled Guinness Premiership in 2006. The club based in Greater Manchester was a strong team. It has English internationals, French internationals, Pumas and even a Spanish international. Today the club is bottom of the Aviva Premiership and is winless after five rounds. It´s big signing for the season was Danny Cipriani, formerly of the Melbourne Rebels and the London Wasps. He is a useful player but not a strong one. He is not good enough to make the English squad and his move to Super Rugby has not seen him return to England as a better player. His club is nto only bottom of the standings but is also the only remaining club from Northern England in the competition. If this was not enough to raise significant concern with English authorities there are a staggering five London clubs in the Aviva Premiership.
The fifth round was another to showcase the contribution of the Americas to global rugby. There were players from Argentina, Canada and the United States of America playing. The Americas has yet to host a Rugby World Cup. England 2015 will be the fourth in Europe. Japan 2019 will be the first outside of the old Tri Nations and Five Nations unions.
Worcester Warriors 35-11 London Irish
Such a result would have been unthinkable several years ago. London Irish is a team in trouble and is in danger of being relegated. Luckily the Sale Sharks are playing worse.
Northampton Saints 24-6 London Wasps
The Saints are top of the table while the Wasps are in a battle to avoid relegation. Only one team played rugby in their match. USA secondrower Samu Manoa started for Northampton but his USA Eagles teammate, Paul Emerick did not feature for the Wasps.
Leicester Tigers 30-8 Exeter Chiefs
A convincing win should send warnings to Leicester´s rivals. The first points of the encounter were scored by Argentine flyhalf Ignacio Mieres. Marcos Ayerza did not play for Leicester. He was to be on the bench for Argentina but was replaced by Juan Pablo Orlandi due to injury. Exeter´s Gonzalo Camacho started for Los Pumas and scored a try.
Bath 31-10 Sale SharksOlly Barkley played his final match for Bath. He will now be playing in France for Racing Métro. Pumas winger Horacio Agulla will join Bath after the completion of The Rugby Championship. He started for Argentina against New Zealand in La Plata.
London Welsh 25-31 Gloucester
This match was testiment to the progress of London Welsh. The team is proving to merit its place in the Aviva Premiership. The match also illustrated just how far Gloucester have fallen in recent years. Canadian international centre Phil MacKenzie was on the bench for London Welsh.
Harlequins 16-18 SaracensThe reigning Champions lost for the first time this season and did so at home. The Quins scored the games only try but Saracens won thanks to the boot of Owen Farrell. USA fullback Chris Wyles started on the left wing for Saracens.
Aviva Premiership Standings
1 Northampton 22
2 Harlequins 20
3 Saracens 16
4 Leicester 16
5 Gloucester 15
6 Bath 14
7 Exeter 11
8 Worcester 10
9 L Welsh 9
10 L Wasps 9
11 L Irish 4
12 Sale 1
Leicester Tigers v Exeter Chiefs
Northampton Saints v London Wasps
Worcester Warriors v London Irish