European Challenge Cup - Sale handed Biarritz opener

Former champions Sale will open their 2013/14 Amlin Challenge Cup campaign against Biarritz at Salford City Stadium in October.

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European Challenge Cup - Sale handed Biarritz opener

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Sale have been placed in Pool One along with Biarritz, Worcester and Oyonnax

The Pool One contest will take place on Thursday, October 10 after tournament organiser ERC announced the fixtures for the opening round of games.

The other game in the group will take place on Saturday, October 12 when Sale's Aviva Premiership rivals Worcester travel to face European newcomers Oyonnax.

Sale and London Irish are the only two English clubs to enjoy home advantage in the opening round of fixtures; the Exiles host Cavalieri Prato in Pool Five, which also contains Stade Francais and Olympus Rugby Madrid.

Bath, Wasps and Newcastle Falcons all kick off on the road. The West Country club face Bordeaux-Begles in Pool Two, while Wasps head to Italy to meet Viadana in Pool Four.

The Falcons, back in European competition after securing promotion to the Premiership at the first attempt, will make the journey to Romania for their Pool Three clash with Bucharest Wolves.

Newport Gwent Dragons, the tournament's sole Welsh representatives, entertain Rugby Mogliano in Pool Two.

2013/14 Amlin Challenge Cup pools

Pool 1: Biarritz Olympique, Sale Sharks, Worcester Warriors, Oyonnax

Pool 2: Bath Rugby, Newport Gwent Dragons, Bordeaux-Begles, Mogliano Rugby

Pool 3: Brive, Newcastle Falcons, Cammi Rugby Calvisano, Bucharest Wolves

Pool 4: London Wasps, Rugby Viadana, Bayonne, Grenoble

Pool 5: Stade Francais Paris, London Irish, I Cavalieri Prato, Olympus Rugby XV

2013/14 European club weekends

Round 1 - 10/11/12/13 October 2013

Round 2 - 17/18/19/20 October 2013

Round 3 - 5/6/7/8 December 2013

Round 4 - 12/13/14/15 December 2013

Round 5 - 9/10/11/12 January 2014

Round 6 - 16/17/18/19 January 2014

Quarter-finals - 3/4/5/6 April 2014

Semi-finals - 25/26/27 April 2014

Amlin Challenge Cup final - Cardiff Arms Park; Friday, 23 May 2014 (20.00)

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