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Sale v Leicester - Aviva Premiership match preview
Sale go in search of their first Aviva Premiership success of the season against the Leicester Tigers tonight at the Salford City Stadium.
The league's bottom club show three changes from the side that suffered a fifth straight defeat of the season at Bath last weekend.
Wing Will Addison replaces Tom Brady, who is serving a two-week suspension, while Scotland international forwards Richie Gray and Richie Vernon both start. Fly-half Danny Cipriani is again on replacement bench duty.
Leicester welcome back scrum-half Ben Youngs, who makes his first appearance since suffering a shoulder injury on England's summer tour to South Africa.
George Ford partners Youngs at half-back instead of Toby Flood, who is on the bench, while centre Manu Tuilagi returns from injury and former London Irish flanker Richard Thorpe makes his Tigers debut.
Sale: 15 R Miller, 14 W Addison, 13 J Leota, 12 S Tuitupou, 11 M Cueto, 10 N Macleod, 9 C Willis, 1 E Lewis-Roberts, 2 T Taylor, 3 T Buckley, 4 R Gray, 5 F McKenzie, 6 R Vernon, 7 D Seymour (capt.), 8 A Powell. Replacements: 16 J Ward, 17 R Harrison, 18 V Cobilas, 19 K Myall, 20 J Gaskell, 21 N Fowles, 22 D Cipriani, 23 M Jennings
Leicester: 15 N Morris, 14 A Thompstone, 13 M Tuilagi, 12 A Allen, 11 V Goneva, 10 G Ford, 9 B Youngs, 1 L Mulipola, 2 T Youngs, 3 M Castrogiovanni, 4 E Slater 5 G Kitchener, 6 J Crane (c), 7 R Thorpe, 8 T Waldrom, Replacements: 16 G Chuter 17 B Stankovich, 18 D Cole, 19 R Andrew, 20 B Deacon, 21 S Harrison, 22 T Flood, 23 M Smith
What they said...
Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill
"The attitude and the application of the squad was first class last week against Exeter, especially with the late problems with injuries and illness which could have disrupted us," commented Cockerill.
"We've made a reasonable start to the season but it's important to keep that going and focus on our own game. We've got a good squad and all of the players will have their opportunities."
Sharks' Director of Rugby Bryan Redpath
"Our last home performance was unacceptable. In some ways, we improved last weekend but still lost the game," Redpath remarked.
"We're against a formidable side in Leicester Tigers, so we've got to restore some pride and play with plenty of passion. Our challenge on Friday is to be at our best."
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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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