Today, we are focusing on Castres, who will be facing in Pool 2 of the European Rugby Challenge Cup!
Castres Manager: Christophe Urios Backs Coach: Frédéric Charrier Forwards Coach: Joe El Abd
Stadium: Stade Pierre Antoine,
FACT - It is one of the smallest grounds in the Top 14.
How To Get There:
The Gare de Castres is located on Avenue Albert 1er, around 1.5km to the Southwest of the City Centre and 3km from the stadium. Although not served by high-speed rail, there are direct trains to Toulouse taking just over 1 hour.
Castres-Mazamet Airport is the closest airport to Castres, about 5 miles outside of the City. Sadly however there are limited scheduled services other than those to Lyon, Rodez and Paris-Orly. There is also Carcassonne Salvaza Airport, and Toulouse Blagnac Airport.
Previous European Encounters: Played 2 Won 2 Lost 0 2005-06 Heineken Cup: Castres 16 Sale Sharks 20
2005-06 Heineken Cup: Sale Sharks 35 Castres 3
Last Season In Europe:
European Rugby Champions Cup Pool 2: Finished bottom of the pool, losing all six games against Wasps, Leinster and Harlequins.
Castres got to the final of the Top 14 in 2013-14, and went into this season full of optimism that they could build on it. However, it was an extremely disappointing campaign for them, as they finished 12th, having avoided relegation by points difference. They have responded to this by appointing a new manager in Christophe Urios, and he brought in new coaches in Frederic Charrier and Joe El Abd. Urios has already strengthening their strong squad by signing David Smith & Rudi Wolf from Toulon. The two sides have only met twice before back in 2005-06 Heineken Cup. At Castres, the Sharks earned a hard fought 20-16 win, thanks to tries from captain Jason Robinson and Jason White. At Edgeley Park, the Sharks comfortably the French side 35-3, scoring four tries. The Sharks could come up against former players Richie Gray and Karena Wihongi. Gray joined Sharks at the beginning of the 2012-13 season; when we moved into the AJ Bell Stadium, he then moved to the French side at the end of the season. Wihongi played for the Sharks for the 2010-11 season, before moving to Castres in 2011.
Season Ticket Holders have priority booking for the knockout stages of the competition, and are guaranteed a ticket for the final if we qualify, ticket prices for it will be announced for it nearer the time.
Tickets to all three home games are included in the Sale Sharks Season Ticket. Why not consider getting yours now? Call Paddy/Olly on 0161 667 7512/7519 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and number for a call back.