SALE Sharks are set to face French side, Castres in the European Challenge Cup this Saturday at the Stade Pierre-Antoine.

The Sharks have already played two games in this competition with a 30-12 loss to Newport Dragons and a 29-20 win at home to Pau.

Castres have only played a single fixture in the European cup due to the tragic events that occurred in Paris.

Sale coach and former player, Pete Anglesea knows that preparation is key for the away fixtures.

“We’ve put a lot of physicality into training, the reason for that is because generally the French teams are enormous and they play quite a physical set-piece demanding game.

“The only way to prepare for that is to up the intensity of training and get the physicality in there.”

Castres won their match against the Dragons in their opening Cup game, but despite Sale’s loss to the Welsh side Pete doesn’t believe that it will affect the squad’s performance.

“We obviously want to win every game regardless of what the opposition do and we can’t affect that in anyway.”

Sharks Hooker, Tommy Taylor is travelling with the squad on Saturday and is a product of Sale’s youth team. Taylor is aiming for an England call-up after the new head coach, Eddie Jones has said he wants to focus on young English players and nurture their talents.

“It has almost wiped the slate clean now [Stuart] Lancaster has gone and Jones will have his own ideas of who he wants to bring in” said Tommy Taylor.

“There’s a few good English hookers coming in and we’ve all got different styles of play so it’s what he wants and what will fit into his mould.

Jones has also commented on developing players skills in training and this season Sale Sharks have brought in skills coach and ex-rugby league player, Paul Deacon.

“[Paul Deacon] Deeks has brought my game on massively especially in attack” Taylor said.

“You do your skills outside and you know which lines to hit which means you can hit them 100% rather than holding back.”

Sale will face Castres this Saturday at 19.45 GMT.

By Joseph Dexter

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