Over the next few days, we will look at our Pool 2 Opponents in the European Rugby Challenge Cup. Today's focus is on Pau!
Head Coach: Simon Mannix
Backs Coach: David Aucagne
Forwards Coach: Joel Rey
Stadium: Stade du Hameau,
Pau Rugby share the stadium with Pau FC, the local football club. They played their for the first time in October 1990, against Toulon winning 15-6. To find your way to the stadium via car, take the motorway exit 11 (Pau East), then follow the directions to Lourdes-Tarbes (near Auchan).
Previous Encounters: Played 3, Won 1 Lost 2
1999-2000 European Shield: Sale Sharks 35 Pau 53
1999-2000 European Shield: Pau 30 Sale Sharks 12
2004-05 European Challenge Cup Final: Sale Sharks 27 Pau 3
1st in Pro D2 - promoted for first time in nine years.
The Sharks took on Pau in the final of the European Challenge Cup in May 2005, and won 27-3 at the Kassam Stadium. Charlie Hodgson was Man Of The Match, scoring two tries in the game, and kicked two conversions and a penalty during the game. Pau won the Pro D2 division this season. They've acted quickly in the off-season and strengthened their squad by signing Scottish prop Euan Murray, New Zealand fly-half Colin Slade & centre Conrad Smith. Damien Traille also plays for the club, having started his career there before moving to Biarritz. He played there for 10 years, before moving back to his home town club last season. Traille played 85 times for France, scoring 128 points. They are coached by former Sharks fly half Simon Mannix who played at Heywood Road for the 1997-98 season.
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.