At the Anglo-Welsh Cup, Sale Sharks will clash with the Northampton Saints at the AJ Bell Stadium. Sharks will have scrum half Faf De Klerk available as he returns to the squad. The starting squad will feature 11 players that faced Toulouse last Saturday.

The Sharks have five full internationals in the squad from five different countries if Josh Charnley is included. Charnley played for England in the thirteen man code. Other internationals in the team are De Klerk from South Africa, AlexandruMihaiTarus from Romania, TJ Loane from Samoa, and Bryn Evans from New Zealand.

The highly rated fly half Kieran Wilkinson, 18, could get his debut in the game against the Saints. His fellow academy mate who is also 18 years Cameron Redpath is named for the bench. In the team there is enough youth, with over 13 players aged 25 and below. The average age is around 21, which is good for the team.

The defence coach Mike Forshaw says the team will be looking at building on their two previous wins in the competition. He wants the team to keep the momentum of the past few months going, from defence, to work rate and commitment.

Forshaw said it was key for them to win home games and manage tricky away fixtures. He stressed that it was only “the big hefty top four sides” can get victories away as there are many good teams in the Premiership that were keen on getting their home victories. He added that the Anglo-Welsh cup is “a really important competition” for the club.