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Sale Sharks team to face Exeter Chiefs

Sale Sharks team to face Exeter Chiefs

Sale Sharks have named their side to take on Exeter Chiefs in the Aviva Premiership tomorrow evening at the AJ Bell Stadium (kick off 7.45pm), live on BT Sport.

Steve Diamond has made four changes to the side that lost to Wasps last weekend. Rob Webber will make his first start since the opening day of the season, replacing Neil Briggs. Andrei Ostrikov misses out, with Cameron Neild coming into the starting XV. Captain Josh Beaumont partners Bryn Evans in the second row, with Neild starting at flanker and TJ Ioane slotting in at the base of the scrum at number 8. In the backs, Johnny Leota returns from injury to start at inside centre, partnering Sam James. Tom Arscott starts on the wing, ahead of Will Addison. On the bench, Jonathan Mills, David Seymour & Paolo Odogwu all return to the match day 23.

Sale Sharks: 15. Mike Haley, 14. Tom Arscott, 13. Sam James, 12. Johnny Leota, 11. Josh Charnley, 10. AJ MacGinty, 9. Mike Phillips, 1. Ross Harrison, 2. Rob Webber, 3. Brian Mujati, 4. Bryn Evans, 5. Josh Beaumont (capt.), 6. Cameron Neild, 7. Ben Curry, 8. TJ Ioane

Replacements: 16. Neil Briggs, 17. James Flynn, 18. Halani Aulika, 19. Jonathan Mills, 20. David Seymour, 21. Peter Stringer, 22. Sam Tuitupou, 23. Paolo Odogwu

Speaking ahead of the fixture, Steve Diamond said: “Every time we’ve played Exeter, they’ve been in good form. They’re a good side and do all the basics well. We need to do that to stand a chance of beating them. We just need to stop worrying about things on the periphery and do our own jobs, and stop giving easy opportunities to the opposition.”

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