European Challenge Cup
Venue: A J Bell Stadium Date: Friday, 29 March Kick-off: 19:45 GMT
Coverage: Live score updates on BBC local radio and on the BBC Sport website

Sale Flyhalf A-J MacGinty returns Whilst the Sharks take on his former club Connacht at the Quarter Finals of this European Challenge Cup.

Sam James goes to center, in place of the injured James O’Connor, while Josh Beaumont shifts to number eight.

Bundee Aki returns to the Connacht XV following incorporating in All Ireland’s games at the Six Nations.

Jack Carty and Kieran Marmion start at the halfbacks, having either turn off the bench in the win over Benetton.

Darragh Leader is termed at full back while winger Niyi Adeolokun makes his first start as picking up an arm injury at November.

Props Peter McCabe and Dominic Robertson-McCoy join captain Tom McCartney at the front row.

The two sides meet for the third time this season after Sale finished high in Pool Three, before the Irish province on bonus points.

The Sharks have won five of their previous six meetings between the clubs, together with Connacht triumphing 20-18 within their most recent encounter in January.

Sale: L James; Solomona, S James, Janse van Rensburg, McGuigan; MacGinty, De Klerk; Harrison, Webber, Jones, Evans, Phillips, Ross (capt), T Curry, Beaumont.

Replacements: Heffernan, Buckley, Bealham, Maksymiw, Copeland, Blade, Daly, Fitzgerald.

Referee: Mathieu Raynal (Fra).


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