We were drawn in Group One along with Biarritz, Worcester Warriors and Oyonnax. We have played Biarritz on three previous occasions in the Heineken Cup. Back in 2003-2004 and then in the Quarter finals in 2006 when we were beaten 11-6 in San Sebastien.
Former player Magnus Lund captains Biarritz and will no doubt be looking forward to a trip to play against his former team.
Twice winners of the competition (2002 when Steve Diamond was Head Coach and 2005 when Philippe Saint Andre was in charge). The competition has changed down the years in that now the five group winners automatically qualify and the three clubs who fail to make the Heineken Cup Quarter Finals are added to the mix. Last season we saw former Heineken Cup winners Leinster miss out on the Heineken Cup quarter finals but took full advantage and won the Amlin Challenge Cup in Dublin.
The three group games in the Amlin Challenge Cup are included in the Sale Sharks season ticket. Tickets can be purchased by phoning 08444-994-994. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will call you back.