ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
REGISTER
LOGIN
ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
Thursday Nov 19, 2020

Sale Sharks name forward pack with six South Africans, just one Englishman

Sale Sharks have named a strong side to take on Northampton Saints at the AJ Bell Stadium in the opening fixture of the 2020/221 Gallagher Premiership. Steve Diamond’s team features a number of foreigners, including 9 South Africans.

ADVERTISEMENT

It’s the first outing for both teams since they were forced to forfeit their final 2019/20 fixtures due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In the forwards, Russian international Valery Morozov joins Springbok’s Akker van der Merwe and Coenie Oosthuizen in an experienced front row for the first game of the season.

An all-South African second row of Jean-Luc du Preez and Cobus Wiese will provide impressive power options behind them as the Sharks look to start the season with intent. Club Captain Jono Ross, Ben Curry and Daniel du Preez complete a dynamic Sale pack for the round 1 fixture.

The Sharks back division features World Cup winning scrum half Faf de Klerk taking centre stage alongside USA international AJ MacGinty. The experienced half-back pairing have the services of powerful inside centre Rohan Janse van Rensburg and the eclectic skills of Sam James outside them.

Sale have their sizeable South African contingent available following the Springboks’ Rugby Championship (now Tri-Nations) withdrawal due to fears over player welfare and disruption amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“We are very lucky that South Africa didn’t play, because we would have lost a shed-load of players if that were the case,” said Steve Diamond.

ADVERTISEMENT

“When the news came through, it was disappointing for them, but not so for me. It’s a boost for us. We would have gone the first three league games and probably a European game without them.”

After an impressive performance in the reverse of this fixture at the end of last season, Simon Hammersley takes his place on the wing alongside Denny Solomona, with the in-form Luke James securing the 15 shirt for Friday’s match.

Sale Sharks Starting XV:

15. Luke James, 14. Denny Solomona, 13. Sam James, 12. Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11. Simon Hammersley, 10. AJ MacGinty, 9. Faf De Klerk; 1. Valerey Morozov, 2. Akker van der Merwe, 3. Coenie Oosthuizen, 4. Cobus Wiese, 5. Jean-Luc du Preez, 6. Jono Ross (Capt.) 7. Ben Curry, 8. Daniel du Preez

Replacements:
16. Curtis Langdon, 17. Bevan Rodd, 18. Jake Cooper-Woolley, 19. James Phillips, 20. Matt Postlethwaite, 21. Will Cliff, 22. Rob du Preez, 23. Marland Yarde

YOU MIGHT ALSO ENJOY:

ADVERTISEMENT
Video Spacer

Related Articles

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    Springboks will remain top regardless of...

  • 6 WEEKS AGO

    Gatland replacement shortlist grows for Lions...

  • 6 WEEKS AGO

    Frans Steyn returns as Boks make 12 changes...



ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    The time an All Blacks great combined with uncapped Australian legend to score 80-metre stunner

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    WATCH: Closer look at Barrett offload which wowed fans in Rugby Championship masterclass

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Re-live one of the most iconic hat tricks in Blues history by Fiji great Rupeni Caucaunibuca

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Re-live possibly Jonny Wilkinson's best Twickenham performance against All Blacks in 2002

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Four minutes of Quade Cooper highlights remind fans of his unique genius

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 1 DAY AGO

    WATCH: Monstrous hit leaves scrum half clutching chest after probably biggest red card of 2021

  • 1 DAY AGO

    WATCH: Déjà vu for Pablo Matera after thumping double hit against All Blacks from kick off

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Fans lay into Wallaby flanker after narrowly escaping red against Springboks

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: 4 times players were kicked in the face under a high ball

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Barrett surprised by red card for high karate kick on Wallabies winger

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 3 HOURS AGO

    Springbok star hits back at journalist's question, says Wallabies were 'street smart'

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Austin Healey says new laws don't encourage player honesty after Exeter incident

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Tongan Thor makes EPIC assist with blind pass even Quade Cooper would be proud of

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Fans lay into Wallaby flanker after narrowly escaping red against Springboks

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Humble Quade's stirring tribute to SBW after match-winning heroics

View All

Funnies

  • 1 DAY AGO

    WATCH: Montoya calls All Blacks star a pu**y in hilarious head loss moment

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    French players lift 1+ ton car off the road ahead of Top 14 game

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Committed winger suffers unluckiest injury of the year after just TWO minutes

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    These ridiculous interviews vary from funny to downright bizarre

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: The kicking technique which had fans in stitches each weekend

View All

Amateur

  • 46 WEEKS AGO

    Viral video of Scottish club brawl goes down a storm with rugby community

  • 83 WEEKS AGO

    RUGBYDUMP BLITZ: This Best of the Week round up is sure to entertain you

  • 83 WEEKS AGO

    RD BLITZ - Disaster, just when it looked so promising...

  • 83 WEEKS AGO

    That glorious moment that will live on forever, like it or not

  • 84 WEEKS AGO

    RD Blitz - PROP'S Lionel Messi wizardy creates incredible try

View All

Player Features

  • 8 WEEKS AGO

    A deeper look at Jason Robinson's incredible path to the top

  • 30 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Bumping off tacklers and taking high balls, Rob Kearney had an impressive Super Rugby debut

  • 35 WEEKS AGO

    Brian Moore on money in modern rugby and how it should never be compared to 'outlier' football

  • 37 WEEKS AGO

    Tuisova's wrecking ball montage will make you grateful you never made it as a pro

  • 43 WEEKS AGO

    New Zealand rugby pod admit Owen Farrell is world class

View All