Key man Faf de Klerk Best signing Chris Ashton Rising star Ben Curry
Best-case scenario Considering the talent Steve Diamond has at his disposal, from star signing Chris Ashton to the Curry twins, Sale have the strength to take a Champions Cup place and nab a Premiership play-off place.
Worst-case scenario With Ashton banned for seven weeks and Faf de Klerk on Springboks duty until October, Sale must avoid a slow start. If away trips to Harlequins and Exeter in the opening three rounds take their toll, Sale could struggle. KR
Ins Ewan Ashman (Academy), Chris Ashton (Toulon), Rouban Birch (Academy), Ciaran Booth (Academy), Connor Doherty (Academy), Sam Dugdale (Academy), Cal Ford (Academy), Rohan Janse van Rensburg (Lions), Joe Jones (Perpignan), Teddy Leatherbarrow (Academy), James Phillips (Bath Rugby), Cameron Redpath (Academy), Bevan Rodd (Academy), Gus Warr (Academy), Kieran Wilkinson (Academy)
Outs Will Addison (Ulster), Halani Aulika (Grenoble), Mike Haley (Munster), TJ Ioane (London Irish)
Diamond signing: Sale’s Chris Ashton