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Dan Braid realistic ahead of Sale's tough European test

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Sale Sharks captain Dan Braid is the latest skipper to talk of his side's chances ahead of the newly-introduced European Champions Cup.

The 33-year-old spoke following Danny Cipriani's interview on the Claire Balding Show, with the former All Black acknowledging that his side are underdogs going into their group, but that he is looking forward to the test of playing against some of the best teams in Europe.

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Slow start

The Sharks have had a relatively slow start to the season, winning just two of their opening six games but will be looking to rediscover some of their best form when they make their competition debut on Saturday against a strong Munster team.

Braid, however, is realistic about his side's chances in Pool One, where they will face 2014 Heineken Cup finalists Saracens, a Clermont side determined to go further than the semi-final stage they reached in last season's European competition and 2011 Pro 12 Champions Munster.

Realistic assessment

'It's great that we're up there," Braid exclusively told GiveMeSport. "The guys are all looking forward to testing themselves against the top sides in Europe and looking at those teams, it's gonna be tough if we're being realistic."

"I think, in that group, it'll be a bit like we are in the Premiership, as the sort of underdogs going into it." - Dan Braid

The former Auckland Blues man was capped six times by New Zealand before signing for the Sharks in 2012. His immediate impact for the club earned him the captaincy for the 2013-14 season.

"We're confident in what we can do, especially at home, so we'll definitely give them a good go and see what happens"

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