Premiership: Sale Sharks v Wasps

Tom Curry makes his first Premiership appearance for Sale since their purchase over Northampton closing September
Venue: AJ Bell Stadium Date: Sunday, 27 December Kick-off: 15: 00 GMT Coverage: Updates on BBC local radio and live ratings on the BBC Sport web sites

Interim head coach Paul Deacon makes eight modifications for Sale’s first Premiership match since Steve Diamond’s departure earlier this month.

England international Tom Curry is the most primary returnee as 5 internationals rejoin the line-up.

Will Rowlands begins for Wasps while Jack Willis, Joe Launchbury and Jacob Umaga are rested.

Michael Le Bourgeois begins earlier than Jimmy Gopperth and Tom West shall be introduced into the starting XV.

The Sale squad also includes Valerey Morozov and Coenie Oosthuizen who return to the Sharks pack on Sunday. Cobus Wiese and Daniel du Preez also initiating.

Sale Sharks: Sam James, Luke James, Janse van Rensburg, Hill, Yarde, MacGinty, de Klerk (capt); Morozov, van der Merwe, Oosthuizen, Postlethwaite, JP du Preez, Wiese, Curry, du Preez

Replacements: Langdon, Harrison, John, Phillips, Dugdale, Cliff, du Preez, Roebuck

Wasps: Sopoaga, Kibirige, Odogwu, Le Bourgeois, Bassett; Atkinson, Porter; West, Cruse, Brookes, Rowlands, Gaskell, Morris, Young, (capt) Barbeary

Replacements: Taylor, McIntyre, Toomaga-Allen, Douglas, T.Willis, Robson, Gopperth, de Jongh

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