Sale Sharks v Harlequins Premiership Preview

Sale Sharks Director of Rugby Steve Diamond have named Danny Cipriani in their team to face Nick Evans’ Harlequins team on Friday evening at the AJ Bell Stadium

The teams have met twice already this season with honours shared. Quins won the Premiership game 24-3 in October, but Sharks won the LV=Cup game at the Stoop in November 31-26.

In the Anglo Welsh LV=Cup game, Danny Cipriani came off the bench to score a crucial try late in the game.

Sale Sharks only defeat in their last seven Aviva Premiership Rugby matches came at home to Saracens in round 14.

The Sharks have scored at least one try in all 20 Premiership matches they have played at AJ Bell Stadium.

Harlequins last nine Premiership matches have all been won by the home side on the day, whilst the Londoners have not won on the road in the tournament since they visited Newcastle on 1st December.

Harlequins have won their last six Premiership encounters with the Sharks since Sale were victorious 21-17 at Edgeley Park in September 2010.

Harlequins have retained the starting 15 which beat Stade Francais last week in Paris to progress through to the semi-final of the Amlin Challenge Cup.

Among the replacements, Maurie Fa’asavalu returns from a knock picked up against Saracens, while Ross Chisholm will look to make his first appearance of the season after recovering from an injury sustained last August during the J.P Morgan Premiership Rugby 7s.

Match : Sale Sharks v Harlequins
Date : Friday 11 April
Venue : AJ Bell Stadium,
Kick Off : 7.45pm
Live on: BT Sport
Match Officials
: Wayne Barnes (136th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Paul Dix and Robin Goodliffe.
TMO: Geoff Warren.


Sale Sharks

Tom Arscott, Tom Brady, Jonny Leota, Sammy Tuitupou, Mark Cueto, Danny Cipriani, Dwayne Peel, Eifion Lewis-Roberts, Marc Jones, Vadim Cobilas, Jonathan Mills,Michael Paterson, Dan Braid Captain,David Seymour, James Gaskell

Replacements : Tommy Taylor, Ross Harrison, Henry Thomas, Andrei Ostrikov,Mark Easter, Will Cliff, Nick Macleod, Rob Miller


15. Mike Brown , 14. Ollie Lindsay-Hague , 13. Tim Molenaar , 12. Jordan Turner-Hall , 11. Sam Smith , 10 Nick Evans , 9. Danny Care, 8. Nick Easter , 7. Chris Robshaw (C) , 6. Luke Wallace , 5. George Robson , 4. Charlie Matthews , 3. Kyle Sinckler , 2. Dave Ward, 1. Joe Marler

Replacements :16. Rob Buchanan , 17. Mark Lambert , 18. Paul Doran Jones , 19. Tom Guest , 20. Maurie Fa’asavalu , 21. Karl Dickson , 22. Ben Botica , 23. Ross Chisholm

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