London Irish also welcome back Ian Humphreys from injury and he will partner Tomás O’Leary at half back. Eamonn Sheridan and Fergus Mulchrone will form the centre partnership with Topsy Ojo, Andrew Fenby and James O’Connor in the back three.
Matt Parr, Jimmy Stevens and CJ Van Der Linde will start in the front row with Ian Gough and George Skivington in the second row. Blair Cowan, Jebb Sinclair and Chris Hala’ufia make up the back row.
Brian Smith, Exiles Director of Rugby said: “We know we’ll have to manage the conditions well as Sale are very effective playing night rugby in wet conditions. Our preparation has been very good and we welcome back 10 starting players into the team. We’re all very excited about the challenge and we’ll be ready for the battle.”
London Irish team to face Sale Sharks:
15. James O’Connor*; 14.Topsy Ojo*; 13.Fergus Mulchrone; 12. Eamonn Sheridan; 11. Andrew Fenby; 10. Ian Humphreys; 9. Tomás O’Leary*; 1. Matt Parr; 2. Jimmy Stevens; 3. CJ Van Der Linde*; 4. George Skivington (Captain); 5. Ian Gough*; 6. Jebb Sinclair*; 7. Blair Cowan; 8. Chris Hala’ufia*
Replacements: 16. Mike Mayhew; 17 John Yapp*; 18. Leo Halavatau; 19.Nic Rouse; 20. Ofisa Treviranus*; 21. Alex Lewington; 22. Shane Geraghty*; 23. Darren Allinson