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Sale Sharks name team to face Bath Rugby

Sale Sharks name team to face Bath Rugby

Chris Ashton comes in at fullback for Sale Sharks on Sunday as they visit Bath Rugby for their Gallagher Premiership Rugby Round 9 fixture, kick-off 3.00pm.

It will be the England international’s first appearance for the club in the Premiership: his debut was in the European Challenge Cup against Connacht, and he scored a hat-trick.

Lined up for his 100th appearance for the club is second row Josh Beaumont. Byron McGuigan and Josh Strauss return from duty with Scotland.

Sale Sharks: 15.Chris Ashton; 14.Denny Solomona, 13.Sam James, 12.James O’Connor, 11.Byron McGuigan; 10.Rob du Preez, 9.Faf de Klerk; 1.Ross Harrison, 2.Rob Webber, 3.WillGriff John, 4.Josh Beaumont, 5.James Phillips, 6.Jono Ross (capt.), 7.Ben Curry, 8.Jean-Luc du Preez.

Replacements: 16.Curtis Langdon, 17.Tom Bristow, 18.James Jones, 19.Andrei Ostrikov, 20.Bryn Evans, 21.Will Cliff, 22.Luke James, 23.Josh Strauss

Looking ahead to the game, Sharks’ Director of Rugby Steve Diamond said, “It was good to get a win against Northampton, who are playing well, but a fixture down at The Rec. is always difficult. They have a passionate crowd, and we hope to come away with something to show for our efforts.”

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