Sharks were losing finalists in the competition last season and are looking to go one better this time round. Its Bath Rugby's second visit to the AJ Bell Stadium this season. In the Aviva Premiership game in October, Sharks won a thrilling game 19-13.
Mike Haley, Mark Jennings and Tony Buckley start for the first time this season and Nick Macleod is now fully fit again and is named amongst the replacements.
Team Mike Haley, Tom Arscott, Andy Forsyth, Mark Jennings, Tom Brady, Joe Ford, Will Cliff, Ross Harrison, Marc Jones, Tony Buckley, Andrei Ostrikov, Tom Holmes, Jonathan Mills, Dan Braid, Michael Paterson
Replacements Tommy Taylor, Eifion Lewis Roberts, Henry Thomas, Kirill Kulemin, Mark Easter, Dwayne Peel, Nick Macleod, Rob Miller
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Sale have been handed a huge psychological boost ahead of tonight's opening LV= Cup tie with Bath at the AJ Bell Stadium with the news that defensive guru Mike Forshaw has penned a new two-year deal with the club.
The former Bradford Bulls rugby league star only arrived at the club in the summer having been recruited from Irish club Connacht on a short-term deal to try to add some structure and backbone to a porous defence that had leaked more points than any other Premiership side in three of the last four seasons.
Only five months into the job, Forshaw's superb work on the training paddock has already paid dividends with Sale now boasting the fifth meanest defence in the league.
What's more, Forshaw - who has also proved a major hit with the first-team squad - has also dovetailed neatly into director of rugby Steve Diamond's coaching set-up, alongside head coach Bryan Redpath and academy transition boss Pete Anglesea.
Now Diamond has moved to secure Forshaw's services on a longer term basis with the 43-year-old Wigan-born expert, who has also spent time coaching with Super League sides Warrington and Wigan, agreeing a new contract with the Sharks.
"Mike's done a great job with the defence since he's come in and we're delighted that he's agreed a new two-year deal with us," said Diamond.
Our A League semi-final v Bath is scheduled for November 25th 7.30pm at the Recreation Ground Bath.