Sale Sharks v London Irish Preview

Reebok Stadium in Bolton will become the 30th different venue for Premiership Rugby, and hosts its first game of rugby union after six previous games of rugby league at the stadium.


Sale Sharks’ last four games have all been won by the home side on the day, whilst the Sharks are going for a third successive home win in the Premiership for the first time since season 2008/09.


The last eleven matches contested by London Irish have all been won by the home side on the day, whilst the Exiles have slipped to ten straight away defeats since they beat Exeter 12-9 at Sandy Park on 23 October.


The Sharks have won just one of their last eight Premiership clashes with Irish: 14-8 at Edgeley Park on 9 January 2009.


Sharks’ Head Coach Pete Anglesea said “This game is another example of the way the Club is moving forward it’s an exciting venture, with our biggest ever crowd for a home game.


“We’re in confident mood, looking forward to successive back-to-back wins”.


Meanwhile England international Alex Corbisiero will make his first start for London Irish since returning from Six Nations duty.


David Paice, who has scored two tries in two games, starts at hooker and Romanian international Paulica Ion replaces Faan Rautenbach. Bob Casey rejoins Nick Kennedy in the second row and Seilala Mapusua captains the side.


London Irish head coach Toby Booth said,”The whole squad is aware of the importance of Saturday’s game with Sale Sharks.


“There are only five points separating us for from fourth place, so we go to the Reebok Stadium knowing what we have to do and intend to come away with the right result.”


The Bookies have given Sale Sharks a 4 point start for this match – and they have a £ 25.00 free bet on offer.


Match : Sale Sharks v London Irish
Date : Saturday 16 April
Venue : Reebock Stadium
Kick Off : 5.30pm
Referee: JP Doyle (23rd Premiership game)


Teams


Sale Sharks : 15 Nick Macleod , 14 Paul Williams , 13 Chris Bell , 12 Andy Tuilagi , 11 Will Addison , 10 Charlie Hodgson (Captain) , 9 Will Cliff , 1 Eifion Lewis Roberts , 2 Neil Briggs , 3 Henry Thomas , 4 Sean Cox , 5 Wame Lewaravu , 6 James Gaskell , 7 Carl Fearns , 8 Sisa Koyamaibole


Reserves : 16 Marc Jones , 17 Lee Imiolek , 18 Andrew Sheridan , 19 Chris Jones , 20 Neil McMillan , 21 Dwayne Peel , 22 Rob Miller , 23 Kyle Tonetti


London Irish:15. Delon Armitage; 14. Topsy Ojo; 13. Elvis Seveali’i; 12. Seilala Mapusua (captain); 11. Tom Homer; 10. Dan Bowden; 9. Paul Hodgson; 1. Alex Corbisiero; 2. David Paice; 3. Paulica Ion; 4. Nick Kennedy; 5. Bob Casey; 6. Jamie Gibson; 7. Steffon Armitage; 8. George Stowers


Replacements: 16. James Buckland; 17. Clarke Dermody; 18. Faan Rautenbach; 19. Gary Johnson; 20. Richard Thorpe; 21. Jonathan Joseph; 22. Chris Malone; 23. Darren Allinson

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