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Blues take on Sharks in European Opener

18th July 2003

Cardiff Blues begin their Heineken Cup campaign next season with an away fixture against Sale Sharks on the first weekend in December.

The European fixtures continue the following weekend with a home tie against Leinster Lions.

After the Christmas break, the pool games resume with away and then home matches with Biarritz Olympique and a trip to Dublin for the returen game with Leinster Lions.

The final pool match is a home game against Sale Sharks on the weekend of 30/31 January.

Blues' head coach, David Young, said:

"Playing in Europe is all about playing the best possible opposition. We certainly knew that when the pools were announced last month. The arrangement of the fixtures is very interesting. Certainly if we can start well we could reach the final three weekends with the prospect of two home fixtures as we chase a qualifying spot for the knock-out stages. It promises to be another great competition."

Full details:

December 5/6/7 v Sale Sharks (a)
December 12/13/14 v Leinster Lions (h)
January 9/10/11 v Biarritz Olympique (a)
January 16/17/18 v Biarritz Olympique (h)
January 23/24/25 v Leinster Lions (a)
January 30/31/Feb 1 v Sale Sharks (h)