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Sale Sharks have named their side to take on Bath Rugby at the AJ Bell Stadium on Sunday afternoon (kick off 2.30pm) in the Aviva Premiership.

The Sharks go into the game against Bath on the back of a defeat to Top 14 side Montpellier in the Quarter Final of the Challenge Cup. Sharks are still unbeaten at home in the Aviva Premiership this season  and haven’t lost at the AJ Bell Stadium since April 2015, when they lost to Harlequins. Bath were victorious however on their last visit to Salford back in September 2014.

Steve Diamond has opted to make four changes to the side that lost to Montpellier. Sam Tuitupou returns to captain the Sharks, with Will Addison, Eifion Lewis Roberts and Mark Easter also returning to the side.

Sale Sharks: 15. Mike Haley, 14. Will Addison, 13. Sam James, 12. Sam Tuitupou, 11. Nev Edwards, 10. Danny Cipriani, 9. Peter Stringer, 1. Eifion Lewis-Roberts, 2. Tommy Taylor, 3. Vadim Cobilas, 4. Bryn Evans, 5. Andrei Ostrikov, 6. Cameron Neild, 7. TJ Ioane, 8. Mark Easter

Replacements: 16. Neil Briggs, 17. Ross Harrison, 18. Brian Mujati, 19. Jonathan Mills, 20. David Seymour, 21. James Mitchell, 22. Joe Ford, 23. Tom Brady

Speaking ahead of the encounter, Diamond said: "Bath have got some exceptional players and if we don't play to the best of our abilities at home, we'll get beat. We know they are coming to try and get a win, and if we don't play as well as we could do, we won't win the game."

"The mentality is to get in that top six and get in the Champions Cup. We've got two games at home, and we've got to win those, and then away from home, give it our best shot. We've got to convert those four fixtures into points."

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