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Preview: Sale v Saracens

13th February 2014 12:11

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Charlie Hodgson Saracens 2013 edited 1

Facing former side: Hodgson

Round 14 of the Aviva Premiership kicks-off with a mouth-watering clash between Sale Sharks and Saracens at the AJ Bell Stadium on Friday.

Sale will be looking to follow up their 24-19 victory over Gloucester and inflict successive defeats on Saracens, who lost to London Irish last week.

The home backline is unchanged from that victory but the pack sees three changes made as Andrei Ostrikov, Marc Jones and Eifion Lewis-Roberts have come in for Johnathan Mills, Tommy Taylor and Ross Harrison respectively.

For Saracens, former Sale half-backs Richard Wigglesworth and Charlie Hodgson both start against their former club, whilst England trio Brad Barritt, Alex Goode and Mako Vunipola all return.

Scotland duo Kelly Brown and Duncan Taylor are also included in the visiting starting XV which is captained by second-row Steve Borthwick.

The teams:

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

Saracens: 15 Alex Goode, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Duncan Taylor, 12 Brad Barritt, 11 David Strettle, 10 Charlie Hodgson, 9 Richard Wigglesworth, 8 Jackson Wray, 7 Jacques Burger, 6 Kelly Brown, 5 George Kruis, 4 Steve Borthwick, 3 Matt Stevens, 2 Jamie George, 1 Mako Vunipola.
Replacements: 16 Schalk Brits, 17 Richard Barrington, 18 James Johnston, 19 Mouritz Botha, 20 Ernst Joubert, 21 Neil De Kock, 22 Joel Tomkins, 23 Chris Wyles.

Date: Friday, February 14
Kick-off: 19:45 GMT
Venue: AJ Bell Stadium
Referee: Gregory Garner
Assistant referees: Stuart Terheege, Paul Dix
Television match official: David Sainsbury

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