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Mujati,James & Haley Back For Sharks

Sale Sharks have named their side to take on Bath Rugby on Friday night at The Rec in the Aviva Premiership, live on BT Sport (kick off 7.45pm).

Steve Diamond has made two change to last week’s side which secured a bonus point victory over Leicester Tigers at the AJ Bell Stadium. Brian Mujati comes in for his first game of the season, replacing Kieran Longbottom who picked up an injury last weekend. Eifion Lewis Roberts starts in the Sharks front row, with Ross Harrison reverting to the bench. Sam James returns to the starting XV, having missed the previous two games through injury, and Will Addison moves to the wing.

There is also a welcome return for Mike Haley, who is set to make his first appearance of the season, having recovered from a shoulder injury for England Saxons in the summer.

Sale Sharks: 15. Byron McGuigan, 14. Will Addison, 13. Sam James, 12.Johnny Leota, 11. Paolo Odogwu, 10. AJ MacGinty,9. Mike Phillips, 1. Eifion Lewis-Roberts, 2. Neil Briggs, 3. Brian Mujati, 4. Bryn Evans, 5. Jonathan Mills, 6. Cameron Neild, 7. David Seymour, 8. Josh Beaumont (c)

Replacements: 16. Ross Harrison, 17. Halani Aulika, 18. Andrei Ostrikov, 19. Magnus Lund, 20. Laurence Pearce, 21. James Mitchell, 22. Dan Mugford, 23. Mike Haley

Ahead of the game, Diamond said: “Bath are a different outfit this year, we need to go down there and try and assert some control up front and if we can do that, then we stand a chance. It’s a difficult place to win. We pride ourselves on what we’re doing well, we just need some consistency.”

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