OK, I'll just about give you the Waratah, it is indeed the state flower of New South Wales (though I doubt that most of the residents know that), but it is not exclusive to New South Wales and a somewhat tentative geographical link. The Warrior face of the NZ warrior logo could be mistaken for any number of polynesian or other South Pacific cultures, perhaps even by most also mistaken for North American imagery.
By the same token, you could argue that the shark on the Sale Sharks logo (we are assured that this is still the team's name), is synonymous with Sale, so there is no need to have the word there. If you wish stretch to extremes you could also argue that the Shark is one of the oldest life forms on the planet, it's origins outdating dinosaurs, which is a pretty strong historical link too.
Please note, I am not advocating the removal of the name Sale, I'm personally not that bothered, but removing it makes no sense to me whatsoever.
Poynton: My apologies for not coming back to you before owing to being busy with other things:
Firstly, thank you for your information and I'm glad to see that you agree that removing Sale from the shirt makes no sense.
Regarding, the Warriors, I have to disagree with you. No doubt you are correct, and am better placed than I, to comment on images of Polynesian warriors.
But to me, and I think to other rugby followers the bulging eyes and protruded tongue of the Warriors logo on a rugby shirt shout out one thing and one thing only ..... haka. And to me, and I suspect to the large majority of rugby fans, that means New Zealand and most certainly not North America. Yes I know that other polynesian teams do the haka but I think you would agree that when we think of the haka we think first and foremost of New Zealand.
As regards Sale and Sharks, forgive me but I don't buy that connection at all. The majority of the rugby fraternity and pretty well the media -- still think of us as Sale. And, of course, there is no geographical connection whatsoever. However, you may be assured that I will change my views on that when I see sharks regularly swimming up and down the Bridgewater Canal which, I suppose could happen after a few bottles of the splendid 1861 brew on sale at Heywood Road
Sale Rugby - from 1861 A BIG name through the years