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Worcester v Sale (Sat)

Marcel Garvey will make his first appearance of the season for Worcester after a summer hip operation.

Will Bowley, Netani Talei and Ryan Powell all return, while Tom Wood is back on the bench for the Premiership game with Sale after injury.

Luke McAlister misses the game for the Sharks as he has returned to New Zealand for family reasons.

Dwayne Peel starts at nine for Sale, with Matthew Tait, released by England, in the centre.

Worcester Warriors director of rugby Mike Ruddock told BBC Hereford and Worcester it will be hard to repeat the away win against Sale in November:

"They will be much stronger than when we played them up there.

"So it will be extremely tough, and they will be hurting as we beat them at Edgeley Park.

"Defensively they have one the best records in the league. They have some fantastic players, so it's a big, big test for us.

"We have refocused this week, and our preparation has been fantastic.

"Our mindset has been very good. We are excited about playing Sale. They are a quality team.

"We are pleased about our progress. We played some good rugby against Petrarca.

"We were a bit disappointed about our defensive performance against them. Those are the areas we have been looking to re-enforce and work on this week."

Worcester: Chris Latham; Rico Gear, Hal Luscombe, Dale Rasmussen, Marcel Garvey; Joe Carlisle, Ryan Powell; Matt Mullan, Aleki Lutui, Tevita Taumoepeau, Greg Rawlinson, Will Bowley, Netani Talei, Pat Sanderson (captain), Kai Horstmann.

Replacements: Darren Morris, Chris Fortey, Craig Gillies, Tom Wood, Matt Powell, Loki Crichton, Charlie Fellows.

Sale: Nick McLeod; Chris Bell, Mathew Tait, Lee Thomas, Oriol Ripol; Charlie Hodgson, Dwayne Peel; Lionel Faure, Sebastien Bruno, Eifion Roberts, Sebastien Chabal, Dean Schofield, Chris Jones, Neil Briggs, Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe (captain).

Replacements: Marc Jones, Stuart Turner, Jason White, David Tait, Richard Wigglesworth, Rudi Keil, Selorm Kuadey.

From - BBC Sport

Sir Speedy

Banana skin game. Could turn the season positively and negatively for Sale...
McAlister missing is a blow, but it gives Tait a chance to step up and show me why everyone masturbates over the thought of him playing...

Sir Speedy

I hate Chris Latham. :angry:

7 - 6 currently.
7 - 16 ahead now. 3 penalties from Hodgson and a Chris Jones try. Looking pretty comfortable at HT.

Sir Speedy

F***ing hell. 13 - 16 now. Trust us to cock up a lead. Won't surprise me if we lose now...

Sir Speedy

13 - 30. One more for the bp.
20 - 30. Worcester are going to win this.

Bonus point try now. Good result considering we were without the best centre in Britain.

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