Rugby rivals Sale Sharks and Salford Red Devils have announced that they are set to stage a historic cross code clash later this year.
Union’s Sale Sharks and Super League big spenders Salford Red Devils will meet on August 26th at the AJ Bell Stadium which both clubs are co-tenants at.
The game, which will be in aid of two charities, will see one half played under Union rules and one according to League.
Sale Sharks are no strangers to cross code games having played St Helens at Knowsley Road back in 2003 but this will be Salford’s first experience of the format.
The game has been in the planning for months and was originally planned for January but will now be part of Sale’s warm up for the 2014/15 season.
“Everyone at Sale is very excited about taking on our friends and rivals in League,” said Sale director rugby Steve Diamond.
“Our players will definitely be up for the challenge and Im sure our fans will be making plenty of noise.”
Salford head coach Brian Noble said he was equally excited about the prospect.
“This is a great opportunity for our guys to pit their skills against different athletes,” said Noble.
“It will be a big challenge but I think they’ll relish it. The fact this is for two fantastic causes will be a big motivator for both teams.”
The game wil be in aid of The Princes Trust and Maggies which is trying to raise £6m to help build a new centre at The Christie hospital to provide support to patients and families.