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Saturday’s Aviva Premiership Team News

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

Sale Sharks v Saracens (1pm)
Sale number eight Josh Beaumont is out with his long-term shoulder injury, so Mark Easter replaces him.

Jonny Leota, Will Addison, Ross Harrison and Andrei Ostrikov also come into the Sharks team.

Former England fly-half Charlie Hodgson will captain Saracens against his former side.

Hooker Jared Saunders replaces suspended Schalk Brits and Jacques Burger returns as flanker in two of seven changes for Sarries.

Marcelo Bosch, Nick Tompkins and Ben Spencer come into the back line, with Titi Lamositele and Kelly Brown also back in the pack.

Kieran Low and Henry Taylor are in line to make their debuts from the bench for the north London side.

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

Saracens: 15 Ben Ransom, 14 Mike Ellery, 13 Marcelo Bosch, 12 Nick Tompkins, 11 Chris Wyles, 10 Charlie Hodgson (c), 9 Ben Spencer, 8 Jackson Wray, 7 Jacques Burger, , 6 Kelly Brown, 5 Jim Hamilton, 4 Hayden Smith, 3 Petrus Du Plessis, 2 Jared Saunders, 1 Titi Lamositele.
Replacements: 16 Dave Porecki, 17 Richard Barrington, 18 Juan Figallo, 19 Kieran Low, 20 Michael Rhodes, 21 Henry Taylor, 22 Nils Mordt, 23 Nathan Earle.

Northampton v Worcester (2:45pm)
Northampton have made four changes to the side that narrowly lost at Newcastle last week, bringing in wingers Ken Pisi and Tom Collins.

Victor Matfield and Teimana Harrison come into the pack.

Worcester are unchanged from last weekend’s 31-23 home victory over Sale, the Warriors’ first win in 13 games.

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

Worcester: 15 Chris Pennell, 14 Bryce Heem, 13 Wynand Olivier, 12 Ryan Mills, 11 Cooper Vuna, 10 Tom Heathcote, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 GJ van Velze (c), 7 Carl Kirwan, 6 Dewald Potgieter, 5 Darren Barry, 4 Donncha O’Callaghan, 3 Nick Schonert, 2 Jaba Bregvadze, 1 Val Rapava Ruskin
Replacements: 16 Niall Annett, 17 Na’ama Leleimalefaga, 18 James Johnston, 19 Dan Sanderson, 20 Phil Dowson, 21 Luke Baldwin, 22 Ryan Lamb, 23 Andy Symons

Gloucester v Newcastle (3pm)
Gloucester make seven changes to the side that lost to 14-man Saracens in their last Premiership fixture.

Prop Nick Wood is out after he was punched against Sarries, while flanker Ross Moriarty replaces Matt Kvesic.

Newcastle make four changes to the starting XV in winger Giamba Venditti, scrum-half Sonatane Takulua, lock Calum Green and back-rower Richard Mayhew.

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

Newcastle: 15 Simon Hammersley, 14 Giamba Venditti, 13 Chris Harris, 12 Adam Powell, 11 Marcus Watson, 10 Andy Goode, 9 Sonatane Takulua, 8 Ally Hogg, 7 Will Welch (c), 6 Richard Mayhew, 5 Mark Wilson, 4 Calum Green, 3 Taione Vea, 2 Scott Lawson, 1 Rob Vickers
Replacements: 16 George McGuigan, 17 Alex Rogers, 18 Kensuke Hatakeyama, 19 Mouritz Botha, 20 Todd Clever, 21 Michael Young, 22 Craig Willis, 23 Juan Pablo Socino



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