Preview - Sale v Worcester

09th Mar 2007, 09:26

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Julien Laharrague: Takes his first steps on Premiership soil on Friday

Julien Laharrague: Takes his first steps on Premiership soil on Friday

French International full-back Julien Laharrague will make his Sale Sharks debut in Friday's Guinness Premiership game against Worcester Warriors at Edgeley Park.

French International full-back Julien Laharrague will make his Sale Sharks debut in Friday's Guinness Premiership game against Worcester Warriors at Edgeley Park.

Daniel Larrechea also returns for the Sharks after suspension, and will play at fly-half.

"It's tough at the moment and whilst we have lost our last 3 games against Wasps, London Irish and Saracens, we have not been slaughtered and I expect us to finish the season strongly," said head coach Kingsley Jones.

"Friday's game is a must win game for us. We will need to respect Worcester though as they arrive here on the back of a win against Bath last week.

"Worcester are dangerous when they play away from Sixways and have won four of their last six away games in all competitions. It should be a great game."

Meanwhile, Matt Powell has been handed the captaincy in place of the injured Pat Sanderson for the Warriors, who sport three changes to the team.

Scrum-half Powell will lead the side in the absence of broken hand victim Sanderson with Tom Harding coming into the team to replace the England international at openside.

Centre Gary Trueman is rested for the trip to Edgeley Park to allow him recovery time from a groin problem.

Mark Tucker replaces him and will make his first Guinness Premiership start since late December alongside Dale Rasmussen who this week committed his future to Warriors with a new three-year deal.

Prop Tony Windo starts in the front row, with Darren Morris moving to the bench, but Tim Collier misses out after picking up a calf injury in training.

There are returns for Gavin Quinnell and Dominic Feaunati on the replacements bench.

Sale Sharks: 15 Julien Laharrague, 14 Mark Cueto (c), 13 Mark Taylor, 12 Elvis Seveali'i, 11 Oriol Ripol, 10 Daniel Larrechea, 9 Richard Wigglesworth, 1 Andrew Sheridan, 2 Andy Titterrell, 3 Ben Evans, 4 Dean Schofield, 5 Sean Cox, 6 Chris Jones, 7 David Tait, 8 Juan Manuel Fernandez Lobbe,
Replacements: 16 Neil Briggs, 17 Barry Stewart, 18 Eifion Roberts, 19 Michael Hills/ John Carter, 20 Ben Foden/Chris Mayor, 21 Lee Thomas, 22 Chris Bell/Steve Hanley.

Worcester Warriors: 15 Shane Drahm, 14 Aisea Havili, 13 Dale Rasmussen, 12 Mark Tucker, 11 Thinus Delport, 10 James Brown, 9 Matt Powell (c), 8 Kai Horstmann, 7 Tom Harding, 6 Drew Hickey, 5 Phil Murphy, 4 Craig Gillies, 3 Tevita Taumoepeau, 2 Chris Fortey, 1 Tony Windo.
Replacements: 16 Darren Morris, 17 Aleki Lutui, 18 Richard Blaze, 19 Gavin Quinnell, 20 Nick Runciman, 21 Dominic Feaunati, 22 Lee Best.

Date: Friday, March 9
Venue: Edgeley Park
Kick-off: 20:00 GMT
Referee: Ashley Rowden
Touch judges: Robin Goodliffe, Alan Hughes
Television match official: Andrew Turner