Sale Sharks without several SA stars for crucial Premiership clash

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English club Sale Sharks will be without several of their South African stars for Wednesday's final-round Premiership match against the Worcester Warriors in Manchester.

The fixture, initially scheduled to take place last Sunday, was postponed after 16 Sale players tested positive for Covid-19.

Faf de Klerk, Coenie Oosthuizen, Rohan Janse van Rensburg, Akker van der Merwe and Cobus Wiese have all been left out, while Lood de Jager is injured.

Only three South Africans feature in the starting XV - the Du Preez brothers Rob, Jean-Luc and Dan - and captain Jono Ross.

Sale, currently fifth on the log standings, need to beat Worcester to qualify for the semi-finals at Bath's expense.

Sale Sharks line-up:

15 Luke James, 14 Denny Solomona, 13 Sam James, 12 Sam Hill, 11 Marland Yarde, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Will Cliff, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Tom Curry, 6 Jono Ross (captain), 5 Jean-Luc du Preez, 4 Matt Postlethwaite, 3 Valerey Morozov, 2 Cameron Neild, 1 Ross Harrison.

Substitutes: 16 Ewan Ashman, 17 Cal Ford, 18 Joe Jones, 19 Ewan Murphy, 20 Sam Dugdale, 21 Joe Bedlow, 22 Tom Curtis, 23 Connor Doherty

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