Sale Sharks 37-14 defeat by Munster at Thomond Park last weekend means they cannot qualify for the Heineken Cup quarter-finals.

ASM Clermont Auvergne can only attain 18 points and finish second in the Pool should they record an unlikely bonus-point win at Edgeley Park. That makes their progression to the final eight a  near-impossibility.

Sale will bring back a raft of international names for their final game in this season’s Heineken Cup 

The Sharks welcome back Sebastien Bruno, Lee Thomas, Sean Cox and Michael Hills this weekend for the game against Clermont Auvergne. Mark Cueto will captain the side and both Dwayne Peel and Mathew Tait will start.

That’s according to Sale’s Director of Rugby Philippe Saint Andre who has decided to ring the changes in his team after last weekend’s 37-14 loss to Munster.

That defeat means the double European Challenge Cup champions cannot progress to the final eight of this season’s Heineken Cup.

Bruno returns to the team after an absence with a bicep injury, and Saint Andre said:“ Sebastien Bruno and Lee Thomas will start the game and both Sean Cox and Michael Hills will be on the bench.

“I want to give all these players some game time before the Six Nations starts in February. We want to finish our Heineken Cup campaign with a win and then have eleven crucial Guinness Premiership games to play.

“We also have several youngsters knocking on the door who have featured in our Jets team this season.”