2019-20 Premiership Rugby – Sale Sharks vs London Irish Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Sale Sharks vs London Irish taking place? Friday 6th March, 2020 – 20:00 (UK)

Where is Sale Sharks vs London Irish taking place? AJ Bell Stadium

What is the expected weather for Sale Sharks vs London Irish? 4c in partly cloudy skies

What television channel is Sale Sharks vs London Irish on? BT Sport have the rights to televise Gallagher Premiership matches so it is worth checking their schedule

Where can I stream Sale Sharks vs London Irish? If televised on BT Sport, then subscribers will be able to stream the match live via the BT Sport website & app

Where can I get tickets for Sale Sharks vs London Irish? Ticket information can be found here

What was the score in the last meeting between Sale Sharks and London Irish? London Irish 7-41 Sale Sharks

THE TEAM NEWS

SALE SHARKS

  • Sale made it back-to-back wins in the Premiership as they edged a tight contest against Gloucester to remain in second place and they can place more pressure on Exeter at the top of the table if they claim a third consecutive win here.
  • Former England winger Chris Ashton left the Sharks at the start of the week after the club agreed to mutually terminate his contract and that decision could be linked to the return of Denny Solomona who comes into the starting XV here.
  • Lood de Jager is set to make his Sale debut from the bench with the Rugby World Cup winner a huge boost for the Sharks while Jake Cooper-Woolley comes into the starting side in place of WillGriff John.

LONDON IRISH

  • London Irish were unable to extend their winning run to four matches as they blew a half-time lead against Wasps in last week's contest and they now face a tough ask if they are to bounce back as they head to Sale.
  • Sean O'Brien has been working his way to fitness ahead of a debut for Irish and although it had appeared that this game would come too soon for the back-rower, he has been handed a starting berth at blindside flanker.
  • That is one of three changes for Irish who will line-up with Ben Donnell alongside O’Brien in the pack whilst Sekope Kepu is handed a start at tighthead with the latter facing a big job to match the physical presence of the opposition.

THE PREDICTION

Sale continue to pressure Exeter at the top of the Premiership and will be confident of making it three wins in a row as they host London Irish. The Sharks are boosted by the return of Denny Solomona on the wing and a debut for Lood de Jager from the bench is sure to lift the side when he is introduced to proceedings. The visitors' three-game winning streak was ended by Wasps last week and they look set to suffer successive losses with Sale able to win this comfortably enough.

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