Sale Sharks have named their side as they return to Gallagher Premiership action at the AJ Bell Stadium. Director of Rugby Alex Sanderson makes six changes to his starting line-up ahead of the Sharks’ clash with Gloucester tomorrow, as Arron Reed, Luke James and JP du Preez all return to action. (Kick-off 12:30pm – Live on BT Sport Extra)
Sale sit third in the league as they look to continue their impressive domestic form at home following their European heartbreak last weekend.
Ross Harrison, who celebrated his 250th Sharks appearance last weekend in La Rochelle, returns to the Sale starting line-up for the first time since round 13 and is joined by Springboks Akker van der Merwe and Coenie Oosthuizen in an experienced Sharks front row.
An all-South African combination of Cobus Wiese and Jean-Pierre du Preez line up in the second row for this weekend’s clash with Gloucester Rugby, with towering lock du Preez the third and final change in the Sale forwards. Sanderson names an unchanged back-row of twins Jean-Luc and Daniel du Preez and the effervescent Tom Curry.
World Cup winning scrum half Faf De Klerk captains the Sharks and lines up at half-back with compatriot Robert du Preez leading the Sale backs from fly half.
Sam James and powerhouse Rohan Janse van Rensburg join forces in the centres once again and the pair have an exciting back three at their disposal as academy graduates Arron Reed and Luke James line up alongside Marland Yarde.
Curtis Langdon, Valery Morozov and James Harper are the front row replacements with James Phillips and Cameron Neild providing further cover for the forwards.
A highly experienced trio of Will Cliff, AJ MacGinty and Simon Hammersley cover the Sharks back division on Saturday.