Sale and Newcastle meet in round one for the fourth time in the last six years, whilst the Sharks have not beaten the Tynesiders since a 14-9 victory at Kingston park on 7 September 2008.
The new Aviva Premiership Rugby season begins at Edgeley Park for the second successive year: Sale beat Leicester there 15-12 twelve months ago. The Sharks finished off last campaign with four successive defeats.
Newcastle Falcons only victory in round one of a new Premiership season since 2004 was 33-12 at home to Sale in 2007. The Falcons’ most recent away game was also at Edgeley Park, where they beat the Sharks 32-30 in round 21 last season.
Newcastle have won on three of their last four visits to Stockport.
Referee: Dean Richards (37th Premiership game)