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Tykes name side to host Sale

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Former Shark Alan Dickens misses out on the trip, after suffering a suspected broken bone in his hand, and Ryan Walker moves from the bench to the starting line-up as his replacement at scrum-half.

Scott Morgan also comes into the second row for Stuart Hooper, otherwise the side is unchanged to that which lost to Harlequins last week.

Argentine winger Diego Albanese has not returned in time from the World Cup to figure in this weeks squad, but Italy's RWC star Aaron Persico continues to learn about his new team-mates as a replacement.

There is a welcome return for scrum-half Clive Stuart-Smith, who has been out since suffering a knee injury on his debut in the opening game of the season against Bath.

The former Gloucester scrum-half returns to the bench after missing the last seven games.

Meanwhile, winger David Rees will come up against his former club on Saturday when the Tykes travel to Sale.

The former England player played for the Cheshire club between 1995 and 1999 making 45 starts and three appearances as a replacement, scoring 11 tries.

"I was obviously disappointed last week with our performance against Harlequins," said Davies.

"It fell well below the standards we have set ourselves but the players have been honest this week and have come back with he right attitude.

"How they respond to last week will be the true test of this side and I am sure we will get the right answers.

"We will be in for an extremely tough test against Sale this week and they will be boosted by the return from injury of Charlie Hodgson.

"We are yet to beat the Sharks in all the meetings between us so they hold the upper hand there. We know that our discipline will have to be exceptional on Saturday. 

"In Braam van Straaten they have the best goal-kicker in the world and he can kick goals from anywhere on the field within 60 metres of the posts.

"Braam was excellent for us in his two seasons here and it will be good to meet up with him again after the game.

"We are still reaping the benefits of Braam's spell with us, his experience at the highest level was vital for us in our first two years and he has passed that onto our set up.

"We hope that Andre Snyman will be able to perform a similar role when he arrives."

Leeds Tykes: 15 Dan Scarbrough, 14 David Rees, 13 Tristan Davies, 12 Liam Botham, 11 Phil Christophers, 10 Duncan Hodge, 9 Ryan Walker, 8. Dan Hyde, 7 James Ponton, 6 Matt Salter, 5 Scott Morgan, 4 Phil Murphy, 3 Gary Powell, 2 Rob Rawlinson, 1 Mike Shelley (captain).Replacements: 16 Matt Holt, 17 Simon Halford, 18 Stuart Hooper, 19 Aaron Persico, 20 Clive Stuart Smith, 21 Matt Cardey, 22 Tim Walsh.

Kick-off: 14.45 GMT


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