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Aviva Premiership Saturday team news

All the team news for Saturday’s Aviva Premiership fixtures, including Sale v Harlequins and Saracens v Northampton.

Sale Sharks v Harlequins (14:30 kick-off)
Sale fly-half Danny Cipriani has been replaced by Joe Ford, starting his first Premiership game of 2015-16.

Chris Cusiter is at scrum-half, while Eifion Lewis-Roberts, Neil Briggs and Brian Mujati make up a new front row and TJ Ioane also plays.

Harlequins’ Tim Visser returns on the wing and outside centre Matt Hopper replaces the injured Winston Stanley.

Dave Ward and Kyle Sinckler start in the front row, with Nick Easter returning to number eight.

Sale: 15 Mike Haley, 14 Will Addison, 13 Sam James, 12 Johnny Leota, 11 Tom Arscott, 10 Joe Ford, 9 Chris Cusiter, 1 Eifion Lewis-Roberts, 2 Neil Briggs, 3 Brian Mujati, 4 Bryn Evans, 5 Andrei Ostirkov, 6 TJ Ioane, 7 David Seymour (c), 8 Mark Easter
Replacements: 16 Tommy Taylor, 17 Ross Harrison, 18 Vadim Cobilas, 19 Jonathan Mills, 20  Cameron Neild, 21 Peter Stringer, 22 Danny Cipriani, 23 Mark Jennings.

Harlequins: 15 Ross Chisholm, 14 Marland Yarde, 13 Matt Hopper, 12 Harry Sloan, 11 Tim Visser, 10 Ben Botica, 9 Tito Tebaldi; 1 Mark Lambert, 2 Dave Ward, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 4 George Merrick, 5 James Horwill (c), 6 Mat Luamanu, 7 Luke Wallace, 8 Nick Easter
Replacements: 16 Rob Buchanan, 17 Owen Evans, 18 Will Collier, 19 Charlie Matthews, 20 James Chisholm, 21 Sam Egerton, 22 Joe Marchant, 23 Charlie Walker.


Gloucester v Wasps (15:00 kick-off) 
Scotland scrum-half Greig Laidlaw returns as one of four changes to the Gloucester team which won 32-6 at home to Newcastle last Saturday.

Matt Kvesic and Sione Kalamafoni come in at flanker, while lock Tom Savage replaces Mariano Galarza.

Wasps make just one change to the side which beat Harlequins 42-10 for their sixth straight win last Sunday.

Hooker Edd Shervington returns, with Wales lock Bradley Davies and Italy prop Lorenzo Cittadini on the bench.

Gloucester: 15 Rob Cook, 14 Charlie Sharples, 13 Bill Meakes, 12 Billy Twelvetrees, 11 Henry Purdy, 10 James Hook, 9 Greig Laidlaw (c); 1 Paddy McAllister, 2 Richard Hibbard, 3 John Afoa, 4 Tom Savage, 5 Jeremy Thrush, 6 Sione Kalamafoni, 7 Matt Kvesic, 8 Ross Moriarty
Replacements: 16 Darren Dawidiuk, 17 Yann Thomas, 18 Paul Doran-Jones, 19 Mariano Galarza, 20 Lewis Ludlow, 21 Callum Braley, 22 Billy Burns, 23 Henry Trinder.

Wasps: 15 Rob Miller, 14 Christian Wade, 13 Charles Piutau, 12 Siale Piutau, 11 Frank Halai, 10 Jimmy Gopperth, 9. Dan Robson, 1 Matt Mullan (c), 2 Edd Shervington, 3 Jake Cooper-Woolley, 4 James Cannon, 5 Kearnan Myall, 6 Thomas Young, 7 George Smith, 8 Nathan Hughes.
Replacements: 16 Ashley Johnson, 17 Simon McIntyre, 18 Lorenzo Cittadini, 19 Bradley Davies, 20 Sam Jones, 21 Jamie Stevenson, 22 Ruaridh Jackson, 23 Brendan Macken.


Saracens v Northampton (15:15 kick-off)
Nils Mordt comes in at fly-half for Saracens in place of Charlie Hodgson, who has a neck injury, while England duo Alex Goode and Jamie George return.

Richard Barrington starts at loose-head prop, replacing Titi Lamositele, who is away on international duty.

Jim Mallinder makes two changes to the Saints side which beat Worcester.

George Pisi takes over from Harry Mallinder at outside centre and England second row Courtney Lawes comes in for James Craig.

Saracens: 15 Alex Goode, 14 Mike Ellery, 13 Duncan Taylor, 12 Brad Barritt (c), 11 Chris Wyles, 10 Nils Mordt, 9 Ben Spencer, 1 Richard Barrington, 2 Jamie George, 3 Petrus Du Plessis, 4 Hayden Smith, 5 Jim Hamilton, 6 Michael Rhodes, 7 Kelly Brown, 8 Jackson Wray (131)
Replacements: 16 Jared Saunders, 17 Hayden Thompson-Stringer, 18 Juan Figallo, 19 Alistair Hargreaves, 20 Jacques Burger, 21 Neil De Kock, 22 Marcelo Bosch, 23 Nathan Earle.

Northampton: 15 Ben Foden, 14 Ken Pisi, 13 George Pisi, 12 Luther Burrell, 11 Tom Collins, 10 Stephen Myler, 9 Lee Dickson (c), 1 Alex Waller, 2 Mikey Haywood, 3 Kieran Brookes, 4 Courtney Lawes, 5 Victor Matfield, 6 Jamie Gibson, 7 Tom Wood, 8 Teimana Harrison.
Replacements: 16 Reece Marshall, 17 Ethan Waller, 18 Paul Hill, 19 James Craig, 20 Sam Dickinson, 21 Tom Kessell, 22 JJ Harrahan, 23 Harry Mallinder


Bath v London Irish (15:15 kick-off)
Wales fly-half Rhys Priestland replaces Adam Hastings as one of five changes to the Bath team which lost to Exeter.

Ollie Devoto starts at centre, while forwards Matt Garvey, Charlie Ewels and Rob Webber also return.

Ofisa Treviranus is out with a knee injury for London Irish, while wing Alex Lewington has recovered from a broken thumb and replaces Andrew Fenby.

Greig Tonks, who joined the Exiles from Edinburgh on Monday, is named amongst the replacements.

Bath: 15 Tom Homer, 14 Semesa Rokoduguni, 13 Ollie Devoto, 12 Kyle Eastmond, 11 Matt Banahan, 10 Rhys Priestland, 9 Chris Cook; 1 Max Lahiff, 2 Rob Webber, 3 Henry Thomas, 4 Charlie Ewels, 5 Dominic Day, 6 Matt Garvey, 7 Francois Louw (c), 8 Amanaki Mafi.
Replacements: 16 Tom Dunn, 17 Beno Obano, 18 David Wilson, 19 Stuart Hooper, 20 Leroy Houston, 21 Guy Mercer, 22 Jonathan Evans, 23 Horacio Agulla.

London Irish: 15 Sean Maitland, 14 Alex Lewington, 13 Ciaran Hearn, 12 Johnny Williams, 11 Topsy Ojo, 10 Theo Brophy Clews, 9 Scott Steele, 1 Tom Smallbone, 2 David Paice, 3 Halani Aulika, 4 Matt Symons, 5 Elliott Stooke, 6 Ian Nagle, 7 Luke Narraway (c), 8 Rob McCusker
Replacements: 16 Tom Cruse, 17 Tom Court, 18 Leo Halavatau, 19 Jerry Sexton, 20 Blair Cowan, 21 Darren Allinson, 22 Greig Tonks, 23 Fergus Mulchrone