Do Not Sell My Personal Information
ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump RugbyDump
Thursday Nov 19, 2020

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

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

  • 11 WEEKS AGO

    Exeter vs Toulouse is off as a number of...

  • 11 WEEKS AGO

    Danny Cipriani leaves Gloucester with immediate...

  • 11 WEEKS AGO

    'Aphiwe can’t believe it. We were starting...



ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: All 42 Test match tries scored by George North

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    Josua Tuisova makes rugby look easy, this time setting up a try from No8

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    WATCH: Piutau sets up the epic try EVERYONE is talking about

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    DAN CARTER: The ultimate highlights package of an incredible 19-year career

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Nigel Owens explains why THAT Jonny May try was awarded vs Italy

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Duffie lucky with just yellow as shoulder clocks Kerevi in the face

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: All FIVE Maro Itoje penalties against Wales in Six Nations clash

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Classic moment Chris Latham throws opposition across the touchline like a sandbag

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Cooper laments the direction rugby is heading in as we see another breakdown red card

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    Nasty incident in Super Rugby Aotearoa opener goes unpunished as ref says play on

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Referee Pascal Gauzere admits to those two huge mistakes in England’s loss to Wales

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Officials somehow overrule seemingly clear Iain Henderson grounding

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Online abuse over Owen Farrell interview reduces BBC presenter to tears

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: The two HUGE decisions in Six Nations clash which have enraged English rugby fans

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Barrett's conversion somehow ruled out in Super Rugby Aotearoa clash

View All

Funnies

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Hilarious try fail has Samoan commentators in stitches

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: The funniest and most controversial moments of Wayne Barnes' career

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    Biarritz score EPIC late try in dramatic yet hilarious fashion to win Pro D2 match

  • 6 WEEKS AGO

    Fijian wing who lifted a referee like Lion King now faces a disciplinary hearing

  • 7 WEEKS AGO

    Referee JP Doyle reacts to hilarious moment red card was dished out after bizarre celebration

View All

Amateur

  • 17 WEEKS AGO

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

  • 54 WEEKS AGO

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

  • 55 WEEKS AGO

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

  • 55 WEEKS AGO

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

  • 55 WEEKS AGO

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

View All

Player Features

  • 1 WEEK AGO

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

  • 7 WEEKS AGO

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

  • 8 WEEKS AGO

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

  • 14 WEEKS AGO

    New Zealand rugby pod admit Owen Farrell is world class

  • 14 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Bath prop launches Amazon documentary focused on those from non-traditional backgrounds

View All
Sale Sharks name forward pack with six South Africans, just one Englishman | RugbyDump - Rugby News & Videos