Mark Wilson is set to make his Sale Sharks debut on Friday night as Steve Diamond names the England International in his squad to face Saracens in tomorrow night’s Premiership Rugby Cup semi-final at the AJ Bell Stadium. (Kick-off 7:45pm)
The Sharks Director of Rugby makes three changes to the starting XV that beat Gallagher Premiership leaders Exeter Chiefs at Sandy park almost a fortnight ago.
Coenie Oosthuizen moves into the front row in place of Ross Harrison for the visit of European and domestic champions’ Saracens on Friday, with the Sharks’ most capped player named as a replacement for the Premiership Rugby Cup clash.
Rob Webber and Jake Cooper-Woolley complete the front row with an unchanged lock partnership of Bryn Evans and Jean-Luc du Preez behind them. Jono Ross, Ben Curry and Daniel du Preez make up a familiar back row combination.
Gallagher Premiership Player of the Month nominee Will Cliff retains the number nine shirt after an impressive performance at Sandy Park. The veteran scrum half will line up with fly half Rob du Preez and centres Rohan Janse van Rensburg and Sam James for tomorrow night’s crunch semi-final clash.
Marland Yarde and Denny Solomona replace Byron McGuigan and Chris Ashton in a like for like swap on the wings with Simon Hammersley remaining at full back.
Ross Harrison, Akker van der Merwe and Will-Griff John are all named as forwards on the bench, alongside James Phillips and debutant Mark Wilson.
Commenting ahead of tomorrow’s match, Sale Sharks Director of Rugby Steve Diamond said: “Tomorrow night will be a real test for us, Saracens are one of the leading clubs in Europe and after dealing with a difficult off-field situation this season, they will be looking to do their talking on the pitch as usual.
It’s great to be able to welcome Mark Wilson into the matchday 23 this week. Mark has already made a big impression around Carrington and I know he can’t wait to get out there playing so it will be good to see him in action this evening.”