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Webber, Ioane & Tuitupou Set For Sharks Return

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Sale Sharks have named their side to take on Bristol in the Anglo-Welsh Cup on Friday night, live on BT Sport at Ashton Gate (kick off 7.45pm).

Steve Diamond has made eight changes to the side which beat Wasps last weekend. Johnny Leota captains the side, returning to the starting XV.

There is a welcome return for Rob Webber, who will make his first appearance since the opening day of the season, where he broke his arm against Newcastle Falcons. Nick Scott will make his debut for the Sharks on the wing, coming in to replace Nev Edwards. Dan Mugford and James Mitchell come into the side at half back. James Flynn and Halani Aulika start in the front row, with George Nott making his first start of the campaign.

On the replacements bench, Curtis Langdon and Jake Pope will make their debuts if they enter the field. Sam Tuitupou is set to make his first appearance of the season, having been injured towards the back end of last season, and TJ Ioane returns having been injured since the defeat against Harlequins in September.

Sale Sharks: 15. Tom Arscott, 14. Charlie Ingall, 13. Sam Bedlow, 12. Johnny Leota, 11. Nick Scott, 10. Dan Mugford, 9. James Mitchell, 1. James Flynn, 2. Rob Webber, 3. Halani Aulika, 4. George Nott, 5. Lou Reed, 6. Ben Curry, 7. Tom Curry, 8. Laurence Pearce

Replacements: 16. Curtis Langdon, 17. Jake Pope, 18. Ciaran Parker, 19. TJ Ioane, 20. David Seymour, 21. Peter Stringer, 22. Sam Tuitupou, 23. Josh Charnley

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Diamond said: “I was really pleased with the victory last weekend, against Wasps. We have a stiffer challenge this weekend, going to Bristol. They haven’t won a game in all competitions this season, so they’ll be looking to get some momentum heading into the Premiership starting again. Ours is a strong competitive side, which will take them on.”

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