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European Rugby Problem Cup: Chris Ashton to make Sale debut v Connacht

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European Rugby Problem Cup: Chris Ashton to make Sale debut v Connacht

Sale winger Chris Ashton scored 24 tries and broke the High 14 try-scoring report at Toulon final season.
European Rugby Problem Cup
Venue: AJ Bell Stadium Date: Saturday, 20 October Kick-off: 15:00 BST
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Wing Chris Ashton is about to make his aggressive debut for Sale after a seven-week ban for a tip-tackle.

Sale have made 5 adjustments to the aspect that secured a bonus-point win against Perpignan within the first spherical of the European Problem Cup final weekend.

Ashton, who was named in England’s squad yesterday, options alongside James O’Connor and Ben Curry, who return to the beginning XV.

Connacht beat Bordeaux final weekend, however the Sharks are prime of Pool Three.

They are going to be captained by Caolin Blade, with Colm de Buitlear making his first begin on the wing and full-back Tiernan O’Halloran again within the aspect after damage.

Denis Buckley returns at loosehead prop, whereas former Sale scrum-half James Mitchell is among the many replacements.

Sale: S. James; McGuigan, O’Connor, Van Rensburg, Ashton; Wilkinson, De Klerk; Harrison, Webber, John, Evans, Phillips, Ross (capt), T. Curry, Beaumont.

Replacements: Langdon, Bristow, Tarus, Nott, B. Curry, Cliff, L. James, Reed

Connacht: O’Halloran; Adeolokun, Farrell, Godwin, DeBuitlear; Fitzgerald, Blade (capt); Buckley, Delahunt, Carey, Dillane, Cannon, Boyle, Fainga’a Copeland.

Replacements: McCartney, Burke, O’Donnell, Maksymiw, Connolly, Mitchell, Horwitz, Griffin.

Referee: Ben Whitehouse

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