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- Aviva Premiership
- 29th Sep 2012
- KO 14:15
- Ground: The Recreation Ground
- Att: 11,073
Bath v Sale Sharks - Aviva Premiership match preview
Olly Barkley will make his final appearance for Bath in today's Aviva Premiership clash against Sale Sharks.
Barkley has scored more than 2,160 points for Bath during two spells at The Rec, however he is set to move to Racing Metro in France.
Before he crosses the Channel, though, Barkley will look to guide the club to one more victory after being named in the No.10 jersey - with Stephen Donald shuffling across to inside centre.
In the pack, there are starts for Paul James, David Wilson, Dave Attwood and Ben Skirving.
Sale boss Bryan Redpath has made six changes to his line-up as the Sharks go looking for their first win of the campaign.
There is a new-look half-back pairing - with Nick Macleod and Cillian Willis replacing the benched Danny Cipriani and the injured Dwayne Peel.
The other four changes come up front, with Tommy Taylor, Tony Buckley, Fraser McKenzie and 21-year James Doyle, who is making his debut, all starting.
Scrum half Nathan Fowles is also poised for his first Premiership appearance off the bench, with Will Addison joining him among the replacements.
Bath: 15 Nick Abendanon, 14 Kyle Eastmond, 13 Dan Hipkiss, 12 Stephen Donald, 11 Tom Biggs, 10 Olly Barkley, 9 Michael Claassens, 1 Paul James, 2 Lee Mears, 3 David Wilson, 4 Stuart Hooper (c), 5 Dave Attwood, 6 Carl Fearns, 7 Ben Skirving, 8 Simon Taylor. Replacements: 16 Ross Batty, 17 Nathan Catt, 18 Anthony Perenise, 19 Dominic Day, 20 Will Skuse, 21 Mark McMillan, 22 Sam Vesty, 23 Jack Cuthbert
Sale Sharks: 15 Rob Miller, 14 Tom Brady, 13 Johnny Leota, 12 Sam Tuitupou, 11 Mark Cueto, 10 Nick Macleod, 9 Cillian Willis, 1 Eifion Lewis-Roberts, 2 Tommy Taylor, 3 Tony Buckley, 4 Fraser McKenzie, 5 Kearnan Myall, 6 James Doyle, 7 David Seymour (capt), 8 Andy Powell. Replacements: 16 Joe Ward, 17 Vadim Cobilas, 18 Aston Croall, 19 James Gaskell, 20 Mark Easter, 21 Nathan Fowles, 22 Danny Cipriani, 23 Will Addison
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Aviva Premiership Table
|Friday 5th September|
|19:45||Northampton vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 6th September|
|14:00||Sale vs Bath|
|14:00||Saracens vs Wasps|
|15:00||Leicester vs Newcastle|
|16:30||London Irish vs Harlequins|
|Sunday 7th September|
|14:00||London Welsh vs Exeter|
|Friday 12th September|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Saracens|
|Saturday 13th September|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Sale|
|15:00||Bath vs London Welsh|
|15:15||Exeter vs Leicester|
|Sunday 14th September|
|14:00||Wasps vs Northampton|
|15:00||Newcastle vs London Irish|
|Friday 19th September|
|19:45||Gloucester vs Exeter|
|Saturday 20th September|
|14:00||Sale vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Wasps|
|15:00||London Irish vs Saracens|
|15:15||Bath vs Leicester|
|Sunday 21st September|
|14:00||Newcastle vs Northampton|
|Friday 26th September|
|19:45||London Welsh vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 27th September|
|15:00||Leicester vs London Irish|
|15:00||Saracens vs Sale|
|15:15||Northampton vs Bath|
|Sunday 28th September|
|14:00||Wasps vs Newcastle|
|14:00||Exeter vs Harlequins|
|Friday 3rd October|
|19:45||Bath vs Saracens|
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