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Preview: Oyonnax v Sale Sharks

04th December 2013 12:01

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Nick Macleod for Sale Sharks

Fly-half: Nick Macleod

Sale Sharks have announced a line-up missing Danny Cipriani for their Amlin Challenge Cup clash with Oyonnax at Stade Charles Mathon on Thursday.

Without playmaker Cipriani, Sale will start Nick Macleod alongside Will Cliff behind a back-row of Dan Braid, David Seymour and James Gaskell.

Tommy Taylor gets the nod ahead of Marc Jones at hooker while Joe Ford is on the bench as Sale look to make it three wins from three in Europe.

The hosting Top 14 club have had their pitch covered all week and are also blowing warm air over the playing surface to make it playable.

Meanwhile, Oyonnax will be eager to claim their first win of the competition after picking up just a draw and defeat from their opening two games.

Silvere Tian is a threat from full-back, as is Guillaume Bousses at outside centre, while Miroslav Nemecek captains the team from second-row.

The teams:

Oyonnax: 15 Silvere Tian, 14 Jonathan Bousquet, 13 Guillaume Bousses, 12 Hemani Paea, 11 Tikiko Koroivoutu, 10 Benjamin Urdapilleta, 9 Augustin Figuerola, 8 Christophe Andre, 7 Scott Newlands, 6 Mahamadou Diaby, 5 Damien Lagrange, 4 Miroslav Nemecek (capt), 3 Ruaan Du Preez, 2 Neil Clark, 1 Erwan Iapteff.
Replacements: 16 Jody Jenneker, 17 Lukas Rapant, 18 Clement Baiocco, 19 Chad Slade, 20 Nicolas Vuillemin, 21 Roimata Hansell Pune, 22 Jonathan Traini, 23 Damian Browne.

Sale Sharks: 15 Rob Miller, 14 Tom Brady, 13 Mark Jennings, 12 Jonny Leota, 11 Phil MacKenzie, 10 Nick Macleod, 9 Will Cliff, 8 James Gaskell, 7 David Seymour, 6 Dan Braid, 5 Michael Paterson, 4 Andrei Ostrikov, 3 Vadim Cobilas, 2 Tommy Taylor, 1 Ross Harrison.
Replacements: 16 Marc Jones, 17 James Flynn, 18 Tony Buckley, 19 Jonathan Mills, 20 Mark Easter, 21 Joe Ford, 22 Andy Forsyth, 23 Mike Haley.

Date: Thursday, December 5
Kick-off: 20:45 local (19:45 GMT)
Venue: Stade Charles Mathon
Referee: Giuseppe Vivarini (Italy)

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Grenoble 15 - 25 London Irish
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