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Sale Sharks have named their side to take on Gloucester Rugby at the AJ Bell Stadium on Friday evening (kick off 7.45pm).

The Sharks must win this game to stay in contention for a top four spot. The Sharks' three game winning run in Aviva Premiership Rugby ended with their defeat at Bath last Saturday in the rearranged round 9 fixture. Sale are the only side in the competition with an unbeaten home record this season.

Steve Diamond has opted to make one change to the starting XV, with Cameron Neild coming in to the side, with Mark Easter going on to the bench. TJ Ioane switches to number 8. Also, Mark Jennings comes onto the bench, to replace Tom Brady.

Sale Sharks: 15. Mike Haley, 14. Will Addison, 13. Sam James, 12. Johnny Leota, 11. Nev Edwards, 10. Danny Cipriani, 9. Peter Stringer, 1. Ross Harrison, 2. Tommy Taylor, 3. Vadim Cobilas, 4. Bryn Evans, 5. Andrei Ostrikov, 6. Cameron Neild, 7. David Seymour (c), 8. TJ Ioane

Replacements: 16. Neil Briggs, 17. Eifion Lewis-Roberts, 18. Brian Mujati, 19. Jonathan Mills, 20. Mark Easter, 21. James Mitchell, 22. Joe Ford, 23. Mark Jennings

Ahead of the game, Diamond said: "Gloucester are a proven side, they beat Exeter in their last game in the Premiership. They’ll be coming to win. We’ve just got make sure we can handle their players. They have a big forward pack, so we’ve got to make sure we can handle those threats. We’ve got to make sure we don’t slip and play as well as we’ve been doing at home, we know Gloucester will be coming determined because if they win, they stand a chance of getting in the Top Six so it’s a big game for both sides."
 

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