Sale put together line-up to face Warriors after club's Covid outbreak

Sale cobble together line-up to face Worcester in their final Premiership clash after coronavirus outbreak decimated team which saw 16 players test positive last week… but the rescheduled game still needs green light from RFU

  • Sale manage to put together a competitive line-up for their clash with Worcester
  • Sharks were hit by COVID outbreak last week, putting the game under threat
  • The outbreak saw 16 players and three staff members test positive for the virus
  • However, should the game go ahead, Curry, du Preez and Hill would all feature 

Sale are ready to unleash a powerful line-up in their rescheduled Premiership game against Worcester at the AJ Bell Stadium on Wednesday – if the fixture is authorised.

Despite a COVID outbreak which has seen 16 players and three staff members test positive, the title-chasing Cheshire club have been able to cobble together what should be a competitive side to face the Warriors.

However, they must await further virus test results on Wednesday morning and also sign-off from the RFU that all those selected have not exceeded thresholds for direct contact with players who have tested positive.

Sale director of rugby Steve Diamond (L) has put together a strong team to face Worcester

The most impacted area for Sale is the front row, where loosehead prop Valery Morozov will have to start out of position at tighthead. 

He will take his place alongside Cameron Neild at hooker, in the enforced absence of Akker van der Merwe, Curtis Langdon and Robb Webber.

Steve Diamond will be able to deploy a full-strength back row unit of captain Jono Ross, England flanker Tom Curry and influential South African No 8 Dan du Preez. 

Diamond will deploy a full-strength back row which will include Dan du Preez (middle)

England flanker Tom Curry is also expected to line up alongside du Preez on the back row

He also has many of his first-choice backs available, providing their participation is officially approved by the authorities.

Sale will be without their heavyweight centres – Manu Tuilagi, who is out for months with a serious Achilles injury, and Rohan Janse van Rensburg, but the Sharks have ample quality cover in midfield. 

If the game goes ahead, Sam Hill will join forces with Sam James in what should be a complementary, effective partnership.


Sam Hill (L) will join forces with Sam James (R) in what should be an effective partnership

With Luke James, Marland Yarde and Denny Solomona forming a potent back-three alliance, Sale will believe they have sufficient firepower to score four tries and earn a bonus point win, which would send them into a semi-final against Wasps at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday. 

However, if the Worcester game goes ahead, the hosts have modest back-up on the bench, where they have had to delve into their academy and recall players released in the summer to complete the match-day 23.




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