TEAM NEWS | Sale Sharks v Leicester Tigers

Josh Beaumont makes his return to the Sale Sharks starting line-up as Gareth Harris names the Premiership stalwart captain ahead of tonight’s Cup clash with Leicester Tigers at the AJ Bell Stadium. (Kick-off 7:45pm)

Sharks Academy coach Harris takes charge of the team for this season’s Premiership Rugby Cup and names an exciting mix of youth and experience as Sale look to keep their momentum going after a perfect start to the season.

In a Sharks pack that blends youth and experience, Ben Carlile joins Scotland international Ewan Ashman and Joe Jones to form a new-look front row with all three players making their first starts of the season so far. 

Dom Barrow makes his first appearance of the season and adds valued experience at lock alongside Matt Postlethwaite. 

Ewan Murphy and Sam Dugdale line up at blind and openside respectively with Josh Beaumont captaining the side from number 8.

Nye Thomas returns from Caldy RFC to start for the Sharks and the exciting young scrum-half lines up alongside Kieran Wilkinson tonight. The young half-back pairing will have the premiership experience of Sam Hill beyond them wearing the twelve shirt, with Joe Bedlow lining up at outside centre. 

High flying wingers Arron Reed and Byron McGuigan return to the Sale starting XV this week after both players had small injuries to nurse at the start of the season. The experienced pair are joined by exciting prospect Joe Carpenter at fullback.

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