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Sale Sharks have named their side to take on Saracens in the Aviva Premiership at the AJ Bell Stadium on Saturday (kick off 1pm).

Steve Diamond has made five changes to the side who lost to Worcester Warriors last weekend. Mark Easter comes into replace the injured Josh Beaumont, and Ross Harrison returns to the starting XV to replace Eifion Lewis Roberts. Andrei Ostrikov, Johnny Leota and Will Addison come into the side to replace Jonathan Mills, Sam Tuitupou & Nev Edwards respectively.

Sale Sharks: 15. Mike Haley, 14. Will Addison, 13. Sam James, 12. Johnny Leota, 11. Tom Arscott, 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. Mark Easter.

Replacements: 16. Neil Briggs, 17. Eifion Lewis-Roberts, 18. Brian Mujati, 19. Jonathan Mills, 20. TJ Ioane, 21. Chris Cusiter, 22. Joe Ford, 23. Mark Jennings

Diamond said: "We didn't perform in the first half at Worcester. In the second half we did. Saracens are missing some players but they're still a very deep squad, and a very good outfit. We've got to be at our very best to get something from the game."

Captain David Seymour paid tribute to the opponents, "Obviously they are where they are for a reason, they have a massive squad, so even during the Six Nations they are bringing in internationals to replace the players who are away. It is a different club from when I was there. A lot has changed, especially within the players and coaching staff, apart from Neil de Kock, he is still going strong."

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