Sale’s Gallagher Premiership season will start off with a highly anticipated clash versus Gloucester Rugby on the 21st October at the AJ Bell Stadium.
The Sharks were the only side to beat the ‘cherry and whites’ home and away last year and with the South African connection in both squads, along with the thriller of a fixture between the two sides in the final round of the 18/19 Gallagher Premiership, it is set to be a great encounter to kick off the 2019/20 season at the AJ Bell.
The season starts later this year because of the Rugby World Cup being held in Japan but Sharks domestic rugby season will start on the 19th September with four rounds back to back in the Premiership Rugby Cup prior to the start of the Gallagher Premiership. These fixtures will be released on the 17th July.
In round two the Sharks will be hosted by London Irish at the Madejski Stadium, in the exiles first home fixture of the season.
The Reading based club have recruited well over the summer, adding star quality to their back line in the form of All Black winger Waisake Naholo and Australian international Nick Phipps. Sale supporters should look out for a certain Samoan flanker still plying his trade at London Irish, former Sharks fan favourite TJ Ioane will likely make an appearance against his former club, providing a great test for the well-stocked back-row ranks at Sale.
Trips to Bristol and Worcester, along with a visit from Wasps follow before the competition takes its break for Europe. Further details of our Heineken Champions Cup Pool 2 Fixtures will be released in August.
In December the Sharks face Northampton Saints at home in the run up to Christmas, Steve Diamond will be hoping for a repeat result from the festive fixture last year, in which a confident Sale side beat Bristol Bears 27-10 before backing it up with two further wins in the league against Champions Saracens and high flying Gloucester Rugby.
It’s a trip to the West-Country to face Bath Rugby in the final fixture of 2019 followed by Harlequins who will make the trip up to Manchester on Friday 3rd January. Showcased lived on BT Sport, this match pits two of the world’s best half-backs against each other in Faf De Klerk and Danny Care, the two playmakers had an intense battle in this fixture earlier in 2019, and Sharks fans will be hoping for much of the same when the South Londoner’s visit the AJ Bell in 2020.
The Sharks final match of the 2019/20 regular season will be against Worcester on Saturday 16th June. The Warriors will head north in the first week of June to finish off the season in the infamous Manchester summer sunshine!