TEAM NEWS – Gloucester Rugby v Sale Sharks

Jean-luc and Daniel du Preez return to action for Sale Sharks as Alex Sanderson continues to rotate his squad heading into round four of the Gallagher Premiership. The Sharks’ Director of Rugby makes 10 changes to his starting XV as he prepares his side for a trip to Kingsholm on Saturday.

 Club stalwart Ross Harrison captains the Sharks’ from loosehead prop and is one of only five players that remain in Sanderson’s side following defeat to Exeter Chiefs in round three. Harrison joins academy graduate Curtis Langdon and multi-capped Springbok Coenie Oosthuizen in the Sale front row.

The Imposing JP du Preez remains in the second row after three impressive performances in the Sharks pack since the start of the season. The towering South African is joined by compatriot Jean-Luc du Preez who returns from international duty to make his first appearance of the season for Sale in the lock.

Cameron Nield and Sam Dugdale keep their places in the backrow for Saturday’s trip to the West-Country. The Sharks academy duo have the immense physicality of Daniel du Preez in support at number 8 following his return from South Africa’s Rugby Championship camp.

Sanderson opts for a complete change of his backs division as he prepares his Sharks to face Gloucester. Raffi Quirke returns from England’s autumn training camp to link back up with his teammates in round 4 and joins fellow academy graduate Kieran Wilkinson at half-back.

Luke James moves back into the Sale starting XV for the first time this season and is named at inside centre alongside elder brother Sam, who wears the thirteen shirt on Saturday. Arron Reed, Denny Solomona and Simon Hammersley make up an exciting Sharks back three.

Tommy Taylor, Nick Schonert and Simon McIntyre line up as front-row replacements, whilst Cobus Wiese and Jono Ross offer further cover for the Sharks pack. McIntyre will make his first appearance for Sale Sharks since 2011 if he is called upon by the Sale coaching staff. Guss Warr, Tom Curtis and Tom Roebuck cover the backs.

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