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Sale Sharks team news

Sale Sharks Director of Rugby Steve Diamond has named his side for Sunday afternoon’s Aviva Premiership home game against Northampton Saints.

There is just one change to the starting XV which secured the bonus point over Worcester Warriors last weekend. TJ Ioane starts the game, having impressed coming off the bench against Worcester Warriors with Magnus Lund coming on the bench.

15. Mike Haley, 14. Tom Arscott, 13. Johnny Leota, 12. Sam Tuitupou, 11. Will Addison, 10. Danny Cipriani, 9. Chris Cusiter, 1. Ross Harrison, 2. Tommy Taylor, 3. Vadim Cobilas, 4. Bryn Evans, 5. Jonathan Mills, 6. Dan Braid (captain), 7. TJ Ioane, 8. Josh Beaumont

Replacements – 16.Neil Briggs, 17. James Flynn, 18. Brian Mujati, 19. Andrei Ostrikov, 20. Magnus Lund, 21. Peter Stringer, 22. Nick Macleod, 23. Sam James.

Speaking ahead of the game, Diamond said: “They’re a quality side and well coached by Jim Mallinder & Dorian West. They have a lot of internationals who have returned to the side and boosted the squad.. They’ve lost up here the last couple of times, so no doubt they’ll be wanting to perform here. We’ve got to be at our very best to get a result.”

Tickets are still available for the clash, by calling 08444-994-994 or buy yours online.

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