With the new season fast approaching Scotland international Chris Cusiter is looking forward to the challenge he faces from Peter Stringer for the starting spot.
Cusiter made the switch to Sale from Glasgow Warriors at the beginning of last season and proved to be a great signing, making 23 appearances and scoring 20 points.
Challenging Cusiter along with Stringer will be England U20 International James Mitchell who has had a fantastic summer helping England to the final of the U20's Rugby World Cup.
"James Mitchell is a really talented young player coming through and is destined for great things," said 33-year-old.
"I am looking forward to playing with Peter (Stringer) I have played against him over the years for Glasgow and Scotland as well as Sharks last season, so it is strange now being on the same team but I am sure we will complement one another."
Cusiter has joined up with his teammates once again for pre-season and is being put through his paces. Pre-season is not Chris's favourite time of the year but he is well on with his preparation and said, " You've just got to knuckle down and get fit."
The first game is just over six weeks away Chris said, "I am looking forward to the Newcastle game and playing some rugby. The Kings of the North competition is a great tournament and we will be playing for a trophy which is a big incentive for us all."
Looking forward to the Aviva Premiership season too Chris added, "We want to make the top six and we need to push on from last season.
"To do that we need a strong start, but there are no easy games in the Premiership and all 22 rounds will need a huge team effort if we are to achieve our goal."
After winning 70 caps for Scotland, Chris touched upon his home Nations chances during the World Cup.
"I think we have a good chance to qualify from the group, Samoa is probably going to be the game we will need to win but that will be tough.
"Japan and America will also be two difficult games but if we can navigate our way through those then we will have a good chance of getting out the group, then anything can happen."
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