London Welsh v Sale - Aviva Premiership match preview
Last Updated: 17/02/13 2:24pm
Richie Gray: back for Sale
Sale Sharks welcome back Scotland lock Richie Gray to their starting line up for Sunday's clash with London Welsh at the Kassam Stadium.
There is just one change to the backline where Will Cliff starts at scrum-half after Dwayne Peel was ruled out due to a facial injury he picked up in the win over Exeter Chiefs.
Meanwhile, London Welsh head coach Lyn Jones has made four changes to his side.
The Exiles go into the game on the back of a 28-12 defeat to Leicester Tigers at Welford Road last Saturday.
Gavin Henson and Alex Davies form a new half back combination, with Gordon Ross and Tyson Keats named among the replacements.
In the forwards, Paulica Ion comes in at tight head for Greg Batman, while there's a debut for new signing Argentina international Julio Cabello, who starts at openside in place of Michael Hills.
When the sides last met, at the Salford City Stadium in September, the Exiles came out on top, 29-19, thanks to tries from Jonathan Mills and Ed Jackson, and 19 points from the boot of Gordon Ross.
London Welsh: 15 Tom Arscott, 14 Phil MacKenzie , 13 Gonzalo Tiesi , 12 Sonny Parker , 11 Nick Scott, 10 Gavin Henson , 9 Alex Davies, 8 Ed Jackson 7 Julio Cabello , 6 Adam Balding, 5 Matt Corker, 4 Jonathan Mills (C), 3 Paulica Ion , 2 Neil Briggs, 1 Franck Montanella.
Replacements: 16 Greg Bateman, 17 Tom Bristow, 18 James Tideswell, 19 Kirill Kulemin, 20 Michael Hills, 21 Tyson Keats, 22 Gordon Ross, 23 Seb Jewell.
Sale Sharks: 15 Rob Miller, 14 Charlie Amesbury, 13 Jonny Leota, 12 Sammy Tuitupou, 11 Mark Cueto, 10 Danny Cipriani, 9 Will Cliff, 8 James Gaskell 7 David Seymour, 6 Dan Braid, 5 Tom Holmes, 4 Richie Gray, 3 Henry Thomas, 2 Marc Jones, 1 Alasdair Dickinson.
Replacements: 16 Tommy Taylor, 17 Ross Harrison, 18 Eifion Lewis Roberts, 19 Andy Powell, 20 Richie Vernon, 21 Cillian Willis, 22 Nick Macleod, 23 Will Addison
What they said
London Welsh head coach Lyn Jones
"The boys are really looking forward to Sunday's game - there's been a really good atmosphere all week in training.
"Sunday is an opportunity for us to try and close the gap on Worcester in the table, but there's still a very long way to go in the season after the Sale game.
"Even though we lost to Leicester we were pleased with many aspects of our game. Boys are improving and adapting to the pace of the Premiership - we're making good progress."
Fri 24th Apr
Bath0 - 0London Irish
Sat 25th Apr
Sale Sharks0 - 0Harlequins
Gloucester0 - 0Newcastle Falcons
Leicester Tigers0 - 0London Welsh
Northampton0 - 0Saracens
Sun 26th Apr
Wasps0 - 0Exeter
Fri 8th May
Harlequins0 - 0Bath
Sat 9th May
Sale Sharks0 - 0Newcastle Falcons
Gloucester0 - 0London Irish
Northampton0 - 0London Welsh
Wasps0 - 0Leicester Tigers
Sun 10th May
Saracens0 - 0Exeter
Sat 16th May
Bath0 - 0Gloucester
Exeter0 - 0Sale Sharks
Leicester Tigers0 - 0Northampton
London Irish0 - 0Wasps
London Welsh0 - 0Saracens
Newcastle Falcons0 - 0Harlequins
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