Eight South Africans in Sale Sharks starting XV

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Sale Sharks lock Lood de Jager in action during the Premiership Rugby match against London Irish in Salford on 6 March 2020.
Sale Sharks lock Lood de Jager in action during the Premiership Rugby match against London Irish in Salford on 6 March 2020.
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There's a strong South African flavour in Sale Sharks' line-up for Friday night's English Premiership match against Harlequins at the Twickenham Stoop. 

The 2019/20 Premiership season is set to resume following the coronavirus-enforced layoff.

There are no fewer than EIGHT South Africans in the Sale starting XV. Six of them are in the pack - prop Coenie Oosthuizen, hooker Akker van der Merwe, locks Lood de Jager and Jean-Luc du Preez, flank and captain Jono Ross and No 8 Dan du Preez.

In the backline, Faf de Klerk will partner Rob du Preez at halfback.

Centre Rohan Janse van Rensburg, another Springbok plying his trade at Sale, is serving a suspension.

Harlequins, meanwhile, also have Springbok lock Stephan Lewies in their starting line-up.

Friday's match will be broadcast live on SuperSport 6 at 20:40 (SA time).

Teams:

Harlequins

15 Mike Brown, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Joe Marchant, 12 James Lang, 11 Nathan Earle, 10 Marcus Smith, 9 Martin Landajo, 8 Alex Dombrandt, 7 Chris Robshaw (captain), 6 James Chisholm, 5 Matt Symons, 4 Stephan Lewies, 3 Simon Kerrod, 2 Scott Baldwin, 1 Joe Marler

Substitutions: 16 Joe Gray, 17 Santiago Garcia Botta, 18 Will Collier, 19 Dino Lamb, 20 Tom Lawday, 21 Will Evans, 22 Scott Steele, 23 Paul Lasike

Sale Sharks

15 Simon Hammersley, 14 Byron McGuigan, 13 Manu Tuilagi, 12 Sam Hill, 11 Marland Yarde, 10 Rob du Preez, 9 Faf de Klerk; 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Tom Curry, 6 Jono Ross (Captain), 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Jean-Luc du Preez, 3 Will-Griff John, 2 Akker van der Merwe, 1 Coenie Oosthuizen

Substitutes: 16 Curtis Langdon, 17 Ross Harrison, 18 Jake Cooper-Woolley, 19 James Phillips, 20 Ben Curry, 21 Will Cliff, 22 AJ MacGinty, 23 Denny Solomona

- Compiled by Sport24 staff

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