Sale Sharks open their new Aviva Premiership campaign with a home game against highly fancied Bath Rugby on Saturday 6th September, at the AJ Bell Stadium Kick Off 2pm.
Bath have recruited well including the signing of former Sale Sharks prop forward Henry Thomas, who will be making a quick return to the North West with his new team mates.
The teams met three times last season and Sharks recorded an Aviva Premiership double over Bath, winning 19-13 at the AJ Bell Stadium in September and 12-11 in a televised game at the Recreation ground in March. The win at Bath was quite remarkable in that both Mark Cueto and Dan Braid were injured in the pre-match warm up and Steve Diamond had to reshuffle his side less than 30 minutes before kick off.
Down the years there have been some exciting encounters between the two sides including the thrilling 14-13 win at the AJ Bell Stadium in March 2013 in a snowstorm. The victory almost certainly secured the Sharks survival in the Premiership.
Several of the new signings including Nathan Hines, Chris Cusiter, Magnus Lund, Luke Mclean and Alberto de Marchi are expected to make their full debuts in the game.
If you buy a ticket for this game you will then qualify to buy a ticket for the Munster game as you will have created a current buying history for the current season so from 1st September to 14th September Tickets for the individual European group games will go on sale exclusively to those with a buying history of tickets in the 2014-2015 season (ie bought for Bath,London Welsh or Wasps)
Despite trailing by three points at the interval, Sale Sharks European Cup campaign ended at Thomond Park to a Munster side who were desperate to finish on a winning note after failing to qualify for the Quarter Finals.
Sale Sharks' European campaign this season has been a case of what might have been but back-row forward Mark Easter insists he and his teammates can hold their heads high even if it ends without a win.
Danny Cipriani has been called up to the England EPS Squad ahead of this season's Six Nations, and Ross Harrison has been called up for the England Saxons squad for their match against Irish Wolfhounds on Friday 30th January.
Steve Diamond has admitted that the experience of this season's European Rugby Champions Cup has made him and his squad even more determined to finish in the Top Six of the Aviva Premiership and so book their passage into next season's European showpiece.