Gallagher Premiership
Venue: AJ Bell Stadium Date: Saturday, 22 December Kick-off: 15:00 GMT
Coverage: BBC local radio; live text coverage on the BBC Sport website

Sale Sharks skipper Jono Ross is in the starting XV for Saturday’s trip of Bristol Bears.

Number seven Tom Curry also starts and James O’Connor rejoins the backs, while South African jeanluc du Preez switches into number eight.

Samoa captain Chris Vui is straight back for Bristol after recovering from the groin injury, because the visitors change .

Back row Jack Lam also returns, while Tom Lindsay is among the replacements at the absence of Shaun Malton (groin).

Eleventh-placed Sale begin the weekend two points supporting the Bears at the congested bottom half of the Premiership table.

Rental: Ashton; Solomona, James, O’Connor, McGuigan; Ep Du Preez, De Klerk; Harrison, Webber, John, Beaumont, Phillips, Ross (capt), T Curry, J-L Du Preez.

Replacements: Langoon, Bristow, Jones, Evans, Strauss, B Currym, Cliff, L James.

Replacements: Lindsay, Woolmore, Thiede, Joyce, D Thomas, Uren, Sheedy, O’Conor.

Referee: JP Doyle.

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