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- Aviva Premiership
- 22nd Feb 2013
- KO 20:00
- Ground: Salford City Stadium
- Att: 7,103
Sale v Harlequins - Aviva Premiership preview
Premiership champions Harlequins have made two changes to the starting line-up that defeated Leicester Tigers last weekend.
In the backs, Karl Dickson returns to start at scrum-half for Danny Care who is on England duty alongside Mike Brown, Joe Marler and Chris Robshaw.
Ben Botica continues at fly-half while Nick Evans recovers from an ankle injury which ruled him out of last week's fixture. Evans will be fit to return next week against the Exeter Chiefs.
In the forwards, Tom Guest has not fully recovered from a knock picked up during the win against Leicester, so Captain Nick Easter returns to the back-row alongside Maurie Fa'asavalu and Luke Wallace.
With Botica starting, Rory Clegg returns from Leeds and is is named among the replacements.
Meanwhile, Sale Sharks are hoping to maintain their winning run that started four games ago with a win over Scarlets in the LV-Cup.
Since then, the Sharks have been to Wasps and inflicted their first defeat at Adams Park this season and added the scalps of Exeter Chiefs and London Welsh.
Harlequins however are probably the toughest test yet, having won their last five away games. Their last defeat away from the Stoop was last November when they lost 18-21 to Bath at The Rec.
Sale Sharks: 15 Rob Miller, 14 Charlie Amesbury, 13 Jonny Leota, 12 Sammy Tuitupou, 11 Mark Cueto, 10 Danny Cipriani, 9 Will Cliff, 8 James Gaskell 7 David Seymour (c), 6 Dan Braid, 5 Kearnan Myall, 4 Fraser McKenzie, 3 Henry Thomas, 2 Tommy Taylor, 1 Ross Harrison.
Replacements: 16 Marc Jones, 17 Eifion Lewis-Roberts, 18 Tony Buckley, 19 Tom Holmes, 20 Richie Vernon, 21 Cillian Willis, 22 Nick Macleod, 23 Will Addison
Harlequins: 15 Ross Chisholm, 14 Tom Williams, 13 Matt Hopper, 12 Jordan Turner-Hall, 11 Ugo Monye, 10 Ben Botica, 9 Karl Dickson, 8 Nick Easter (c), 7 Luke Wallace, 6 Maurie Fa'asavalu, 5 George Robson, 4 Charlie Matthews, 3 James Johnston, 2 Joe Gray, 1 Mark Lambert.
Replacements: 16 Rob Buchanan, 17 Darryl Marfo, 18 Will Collier, 19 Sam Twomey, 20 Joe Trayfoot, 21 Jordan Burns, 22 Rory Clegg, 23 George Lowe.
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|Saturday 6th September|
|16:30||London Irish vs Harlequins|
|Friday 12th September|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Saracens|
|Saturday 20th September|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Wasps|
|Sunday 28th September|
|14:00||Exeter vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 4th October|
|15:00||Harlequins vs London Welsh|
|Friday 10th October|
|19:45||Leicester vs Harlequins|
|Friday 17th October|
|European Rugby Champions Cup|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Castres|
|Sunday 26th October|
|17:15||Wasps vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 1st November|
|15:00||Saracens vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 8th November|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Saturday 15th November|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 22nd November|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Sale|
|Saturday 29th November|
|15:00||Bath vs Harlequins|
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