In a new feature for the coming season SportsNewsIreland will catch up with former Leinster and Ireland under 20 star Kyle Tonetti each month and ask him five questions – these will be about his own personal form, how his club’s season is going as well as Kyle posing questions to other Irish rugby stars in the Premiership . Kyle is currently in his second year with Zurich Premiership side Sale and hopes that he can reach a level of performance that will see him break into the Declan Kidney’s plans.
During the off-season you had an operation to cure a shoulder injury, how did your operation go and how are you feeling now?
I am feeling very good and ready for the new season. The operation went very smoothly, luckily enough for me it’s quite a common rugby injury so it was nothing to serious to worry about.
The holidays are over now and you’re back at pre season, how are you and the new members of the squad settling in?
Pre-season is going very well, there is a big emphasis on fitness at the moment but once we hit our fitness targets I’m sure that the rugby will become more and more prominent. I’m 9 weeks post operation now and ahead of schedule, which I’m delighted about. With this type of injury they generally look to return you to full fitness on week 12, so I’m well on target at the moment.
The squad has all settled in although there’s still a few that haven’t been trained with us yet due to the world cup preparations but everyone has been in at some stage for introductions.
Sale have a new coach in for this season, have you met him yet?
Its been a busy summer at Sale with a host of new arrivals not to mention the naming of the new coach, Tony Hanks, the former wasps head coach, . He’s been involved with training since the middle of last week so he has already taken a few sessions and we are just getting to know him at the moment.
With 2011, World Cup year, I am sure there will be come interesting conversation around the dressing room especially with such a big international squad at Sale?
Yeah, we have a big squad here and we will have a few players in New Zealand. From an Irish perspective we have Tony Buckley who should be on the plane, while there’s also a Russian international training with us currently (Andrei Ostrikov) that will be involved in the World cup. Andrei’s a typically big Russian man who came from Aurillac in France and he should do well for us. He’s actually living with me at the moment and with Russia in Ireland’s group, he’s pestering me for information. I’m giving nothing away however.
The Premiership will be even more interesting for you this season especially with your two friends Niall Morris and Vas Artemiev having joined Northampton and Leicester?
Yeah it’s great to have Niall and Vas over here; there both great players and I’d love to play against them not to mention putting one over them this year in the premiership. They’ve both signed for well established teams and I hope they both do well this year but not at sales expense.
Right I’ve to get to training until next month, take care, Kyle
If you have any questions you would like to ask Kyle over the course of the season then please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the question and Kyle Tonetti in the subject line.