TEAM NEWS – Sale Sharks v Newcastle Falcons

Sale Sharks have named their side to face Newcastle Falcons in round twelve of the Gallagher Premiership (Friday 5th March 2020 – 8:00pm – Live on BT Sport Extra). Director of Rugby Alex Sanderson makes two changes to the Sharks starting line-up following victory over Premiership and European Champions Exeter Chiefs last weekend.

Sale Sharks sit fourth in the Gallagher Premiership ahead of the visit of their northern counterparts Newcastle Falcons tomorrow night and Alex Sanderson seems to now be closer to his preferred Sale XV having made just two changes to his starting line-up following a bout of rotation in the Sharks squad since his appointment as Director of Rugby.

In the forwards, Bevan Rodd and Curtis Langdon continue in to impress the Sharks coaching staff and are named in the starting line-up again following try scoring appearances against the Chiefs in round eleven. The Sale academy graduates line up alongside Will-Griff John to face the Falcons front-row, with Josh Beaumont and Lood De Jager lining up at second row in an unchanged front five.

Cobus Wiese moves into the starting line-up at blindside flanker, with the South African making his first appearance in the back row since Sale faced Wasps in December 2020. He is joined by Sam Dugdale at openside and Daniel du Preez at number eight.

Faf de Klerk captains the Sharks in the absence of Jono Ross and the World Cup winning scrumhalf will assist AJ MacGinty in igniting an unchanged Sale back line with Sam Hill and Sam James at inside and outside centre respectively along with Marland Yarde, Byron McGuigan and Luke James in the Sharks back three.

Akker van der Merwe returns to action as he is named as a front-row replacement alongside Ross Harrison and Coenie Oosthuizen. JP du Preez and Cameron Neild provide further forward cover. Raffi Quirke, Robert du Preez and Simon Hammersley are named as back line replacements for the Sharks.

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