Sharks have met Biarritz three times previously, all in the Heineken Cup; the French having won each time. Sale Sharks have a good record in the Amlin Cup though down the years against French Clubs having won 16/32 games. The last time the two clubs met was in April 2006 in the Heineken Cup Quarter Finals in San Sebastien when Biarritz won 11-6.
Biarritz have an excellent record in this competition having not been beaten in the UK since 1999.
Former French international Dimitri Yachvili is named in the squad tonight and is sure to game some gametime. Also on the bench is USA international Taku Ngwenya who is one of the fastest backs in World Rugby. In all the Biarritz side includes 8 full internationals
Sale are looking for a home win to get their Amlin Cup campaign off to a flyer. Sharks have won this competition twice (2002 and 2005) with both finals being played at the Kassam Stadium in Oxford. Sharks had, before tonights game played 61 games in the competition losing just 17 times.
Replacements Tommy Taylor, Aston Croall, Vadim Cobilas, Tom Holmes, Andrew Hughes, Nathan Fowles, Danny Cipriani, Tom Arscott
Biarritz Jo Pietersen, Teddy Thomas,Geoffrey Sella, Seremaia Burotu, Aled Brew, Julien Peyrelongue, Yann Lesgourgues, Thomas Synaeghel, Romain Ruffenach, Eugene Van Staden, Addison Lockley, Mathias Marie, Benoit Guyot, Joshua Furno, Tanguy Molcard
Replacements Jonnah Dabti, Fabien Barcella, Francisco Gomez, Erik Lund, Alexandre Menini, Dimitri Yachvili, Charles Gimenez, Taku Ngwenya
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