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Preview: Sale v Harlequins

10th April 2014 11:40

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Harlequins have announced the team to play Sale Sharks on Friday night in the Aviva Premiership at the AJ Bell Stadium.

There are no changes to the starting XV which beat Stade Franšais 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.

Meanwhile, Danny Cipriani starts at fly-half for Sale Sharks after being named Premiership Player of the Month for March.

Daniel Braid captains the side.

Form: 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.

The teams:

Sale Sharks: 15 Tom Arscott, 14 Tom Brady, 13 Jonny Leota, 12 Sammy Tuitupou, 11 Mark Cueto, 10 Danny Cipriani, 9 Dwayne Peel, 8 James Gaskell, 7 David Seymour, 6 Dan Braid (c), 5 Michael Paterson, 4 Jonathan Mills, 3 Vadim Cobilas, 2 Marc Jones, 1 Eifion Lewis-Roberts
Replacements: 16 Tommy Taylor, 17 Ross Harrison, 18 Henry Thomas, 19 Andrei Ostrikov, 20 Mark Easter, 21 Will Cliff, 22 Nick Macleod, 23 Rob Miller

Harlequins: 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 Nick Kennedy, 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

Date: Friday, April 11
Kick-off: 19:45 BST
Venue: AJ Bell Stadium
Referee: Wayne Barnes
Assistant Referees: Paul Dix, Robin Goodliffe
TMO: Geoffrey Warren

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