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Despite missing several players on international duty, Sale have been able to name a strong side for Friday's Guinness Premiership clash against Worcester.
The big news is that full-back Mathew Tait has recovered from injury and returns to the starting XV in what is an exciting looking back-line.
Richard Wigglesworth reverts back to his usual scrum-half position, meaning Charlie Hodgson gets the nod at fly-half. Elsewhere Mark Cueto dons the fourteen jersey and All Black Luke McAlister starts at inside centre.
Up front there are a few new faces, notably Carl Fearns at number eight and Rob O'Donnell at loosehead prop, although with the likes of Luke Abrahams and Kristian Ormsby in the back row there is plenty of experience.
"This, like any game in the Guinness Premiership will be very tough," Sharks head coach Kingsley Jones said.
"We have had several players selected for their countries in the internationals and that gives opportunities to other players in the squad.
"We have had a good week preparing for this game and we are looking forward to it.
Warriors director of rugby Mike Ruddock has made six changes to his starting line-up, including recalling centre Dale Rasmussen and scrum-half Ryan Powell.
Wing Miles Benjamin is declared fit and slots back into the side with Chris Pennell on the opposite flank. New Zealander Rico Gear takes his place on the replacements bench.
The Worcester pack sees three changes with inspirational flanker Pat Sanderson handed a first start of the league season and the captaincy, whilst Kai Horstmann will play in the back row with Matt Cox among the replacements.
Craig Gillies is paired with Greg Rawlinson in the second row with lock Will Bowley making a return to the bench after recovering from a broken thumb. Chris Horsman is also named among the replacements after completing his ban.
Sale: 15 Mathew Tait, 14 Mark Cueto, 13 Chris Bell, 12 Luke McAlister, 11 David Doherty, 10 Charlie Hodgson, 9 Richard Wigglesworth; 1 Rob O'Donnell, 2 Neil Briggs, 3 Stuart Turner, 4 Brent Cockbain, 5 Dean Schofield (capt), 6 Kristian Ormsby, 7 Luke Abrahams, 8 Carl Fearns.
Replacements: 16 Marc Jones, 17 Ross Davies, 18 David Tait, 19 James Gaskell, 20 Chris Leck, 21 Rudi Keil, 22 Nick Macleod.
Worcester: 15 Chris Latham, 14 Chris Pennell, 13 Dale Rasmussen, 12 Sam Tuitupou, 11 Miles Benjamin, 10 Matthew Jones, 9 Ryan Powell, 8 Kai Horstmann, 7 Pat Sanderson (c), 6 Netani Talei, 5 Craig Gillies, 4 Greg Rawlinson, 3 Tevita Taumoepeau, 2 Aleki Lutui, 1 Matt Mullan.
Replacements: 16 Chris Fortey, 17 Chris Horsman, 18 Will Bowley, 19 Matt Cox, 20 Matt Powell, 21 Loki Crichton, 22 Rico Gear.
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