30 September 2005
Philippe Saint Andre spoke today about the importance of Sunday's Powergen Cup tie at Newcastle Falcons, and his aim to win the trophy for his Sale Sharks side.
"I am very excited about the new format for the Powergen Cup. Any tournament with this many quality teams involved is well worth winning and that is what we aim to do. We have a very difficult group, including the last two Powergen Cup winners and finalists in the Celtic League.
But my squad fears no one at the moment and we travel to Newcastle on Sunday confident of returning as victors. The team I have selected is more or less the same 22 that beat Perpignan and Castres, pre season. In Perpignan (never lost at home for four years before we beat them) in particular the team played exceptionally well and I have gone on record saying that the hardest thing I had to do before the Newcastle Falcons game at Edgeley Park was to tell the players who were not selected.
With an ex Wales Captain in Kingsley Jones as Head Coach and two of Wales' brightest rising talents in Nathan Bonner-Evans and Nick Wakley we know that our added dimension will be brought to our performances in this tournament. The lure of being part of a showpiece semi final at the Millennium in front of a full-house is a massive incentive to the players who want to experience these big rugby occasions."