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Tonne Up For Taylor As Sharks Take On Irish

Sale Sharks have named their side to take on London Irish on Saturday afternoon at Madejski Stadium (kick off 3pm).

Sale go into the game at the Madejski Stadium on the back of a thrilling 27-20 win over Leicester Tigers last week. The Sharks currently lie 7th in the Aviva Premiership with the hosts sitting bottom of the table, four points from safety.

Steve Diamond has opted to make two changes to the side which beat Leicester last weekend, with Brian Mujati & Andrei Ostrikov coming into the starting XV. They replace Vadim Cobilas and Jonathan Mills, who are both on the bench. Tommy Taylor will be making his 100th appearance for the Sharks, since joining the club back in 2011. Captain David Seymour will be making his 200th appearance in the Premiership.

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. Brian Mujati, 4. Bryn Evans, 5. Andrei Ostrikov, 6. Cameron Neild, 7. David Seymour (c), 8. Mark Easter

Replacements: 16. Neil Briggs, 17. Ross Harrison, 18. Vadim Cobilas, 19. Jonathan Mills, 20. Magnus Lund, 21. TJ Ioane, 22. Joe Ford, 23. Tom Brady.

Ahead of the game, Diamond said: "The win over Leicester Tigers means nothing if we can't get a win at Irish this weekend, I've been telling the players that this morning. We've got to go down there and play as well as we did last Sunday. We've got to understand the animal we're playing against. They're desperate, they'll be fighting tooth & nail to remain in the league.  Our preparation is good. It's all about how you deal with the opposition on the day, if we perform good, we'll win on the day."
 

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