By Ollie Lewis For Mailonline
Published: 20:33 BST, 14 August 2020 | Updated: 20:33 BST, 14 August 2020
Eleven Sale Sharks players chose not to take the knee in support of Black Lives Matter on Friday as the Premiership Rugby side left their stars to make the personal choice over whether to support the anti-racism movement.
Domestic rugby has returned for the first time since lockdown this weekend and, as has been the case in the majority of sports post-lockdown, some players have opted to take the knee - a stance that endorses the BLM movement after George Floyd was murdered by a police officer who knelt on his neck in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
And in the build-up to Friday's game between Sharks and Harlequins, eleven out of the fifteen starting line-up for Sale chose to remain standing while Sam Hill, Simon Hammersley, Tom Curry and Marland Yarde knelt in support of the movement.
Eleven Sale Sharks players have chosen not to take the knee in support of Black Lives Matter
Domestic Rugby returned for the first time since lockdown on Friday with Sale hosting Quins
The starting fifteen all wore anti-racism t-shirts, while every Quins player