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Sale Sharks host Bath at the Salford City Stadium

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Article Published: Friday 22 March 2013

Bath Rugby have made four changes to the side that faced Harlequins two weeks ago for their Aviva Premiership match against Sale Sharks on Friday night.

All four changes come in the pack. Test props Paul James and David Wilson return to the front row following the culmination of the RBS 6 Nations Championship, where they are joined by another international in hooker Rob Webber who comes back into the starting line-up.

Club captain Stuart Hooper also returns to the starting line-up, with Dominic Day moving to the bench. Hooper partners Dave Attwood, who it was announced this week had extended his contract with the Club, in the second row.

The abrasive pairing of Francois Louw and Carl Fearns continue on the flanks, with Ben Skirving again taking his place at the base of the scrum.

Peter Stringer, whose loan deal with Bath will now run until the end of the season, and Tom Heathcote continue to build their half-back partnership, with the backline unchanged.

Kyle Eastmond and Matt Banahan link up in the centres once more, whilst Tom Biggs and Horacio Agulla provide speed, agility and power out wide. Nick Abendanon completes the line-up at full-back.

Sale Sharks have lost their last two Aviva Premiership Rugby encounters to Harlequins and Leicester.

The Sharks’ solo defeat in their last four home games in all competitions at Salford City Stadium was 21-30 to Harlequins on 22 February.

Bath Rugby’s only reversal in their last four Premiership contests was 23-25 at Northampton on 23 February.

Bath’s single away win in the Premiership this season was 24-23 at Worcester in round one. Bath won 31-10 when the two clubs met at The Rec on 29 September.

Bath have been victorious on three of their last five visits to Sale in all competitions, but this is their first trip to Salford City Stadium.

Match : Sale Sharks v Bath Rugby
Date : Friday 22nd March
Venue : Salford City Stadium
Kick Off : 8pm
Live on: N/A
Match Officials
JP Doyle ( 58th Premiership game)
Assistant Referees: Ashley Rowden & Stuart Terheege.


Sale Sharks

Cameron Shepherd, Charlie Amesbury, Jonny Leota, Sammy Tuitupou, Mark Cueto, Nick Macleod, Dwayne Peel, Alasdair Dickinson, Marc Jones, Henry Thomas, James Gaskell, Andrei Ostrikov, Dan Braid, David Seymour Captain, Andy Powell

Replacements Tommy Taylor, Ross Harrison, Tony Buckley, Fraser McKenzie, Kearnan Myall, Nathan Fowles, Danny Cipriani, Richie Vernon


15 Nick Abendanon , 14 Horacio Agulla , 13 Matt Banahan , 12 Kyle Eastmond , 11 Tom Biggs , 10 Tom Heathcote , 9 Peter Stringer, 8 Ben Skirving, 7 Carl Fearns , 6 Francois Louw , 5 Dave Attwood , 4 Stuart Hooper ( c ) , 3 David Wilson , 2 Rob Webber , 1 Paul James

Replacements :16 Ross Batty , 17 Nathan Catt , 18 Anthony Perenise , 19 Dominic Day , 20 Mat Gilbert , 21 Michael Claassens , 22 Ollie Devoto , 23 Semesa Rokoduguni

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