Elliot Daly has overcome a badly dislocated finger to take his place in Wasps line-up at the AJ Bell Stadium tomorrow evening (7.45pm kick-off).
The British Lion was forced from the field midway through the first half during his team’s narrow defeat at Leicester 11 days ago, but has since made a full recovery.
Daly’s selection at outside centre sees Josh Bassett return to the left wing in a back division otherwise unchanged from the pre-Easter defeat at Welford Road.
In the pack Matt Mullan and Jack Willis switch starting and bench roles with Simon McIntyre and James Haskell, while Kearnan Myall joins skipper Joe Launchbury in the second row in the absence of ankle injury victim James Gaskell.
TEAM NEWS: Elliot Daly has overcome a badly dislocated finger. Matt Mullan and Jack Willis switch bench roles for starts. Tommy Taylor is in line to make his first @premrugby appearance of the season from the bench.
— Wasps Rugby (@WaspsRugby) April 5, 2018
England squad hooker Tommy Taylor, who is named among the replacements, is in line to make his first Aviva Premiership appearance of the season after recovering from knee and neck injuries.
Director of Rugby Dai Young said:
“Sale have plenty of threats and we haven’t won there for quite a few years.
“They are playing better now than ever. We know they’ve got a really decent pack and a very good driving lineout game that brings them lots of field position and points.
“They’ve also got some really exciting backs as they’ve shown in their last couple of games with the amount of points they’ve scored.
“They’re hot on our heels in the league as well so this is as big a game for them as it is for us.
“The Easter break has allowed us to get a couple fit, we have trained well and are well-prepared for the last block of four vital games.”