Jack Nowell to start at fullback for Exeter in Premiership play-off against Sale Sharks

Jack Nowell has recovered from his injury
Jack Nowell has recovered from his injury

England international Jack Nowell has returned back to the starting line-up of Exeter Chiefs for the upcoming Gallagher Premiership play-off game against Sale Sharks to be played at Sandy Park on Saturday.

Nowell has recovered from a sprained medial knee ligament that he suffered during the game against Worcester last month but now returns to start at fullback replacing Stuart Hogg, who drops to the bench.

With both Dave Ewers and Sam Skinner banned for four games, Richard Capstick and Jonny Gray have taken their place at openside and second row respectively.

While Ian Whitten drops out of the matchday squad, Don Armand is named among the reserves.

Meanwhile, Sale Sharks have made seven changes to their matchday squad with Robert du Preez named at fly-half replacing injured AJ MacGinty, who is joined on the sidelines by hooker Akker van der Merwe and flanker Cameron Neild.

Curtis Langdon gets a promotion to take the place of van der Merwe while skipper Tom Curry shifts to blindside making way for Ben Curry and openside. Experienced winger Marland Yarde replaces Arron Reed at left wing.

Exeter Chiefs: 15 Jack Nowell, 14 Alex Cuthbert, 13 Henry Slade, 12 Ollie Devoto, 11 Tom O’Flaherty, 10 Joe Simmonds, 9 Jack Maunder, 8 Sam Simmonds, 7 Richard Capstick, 6 Jannes Kirsten, 5 Jonny Hill, 4 Jonny Gray, 3 Harry Williams, 2 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 1 Alec Hepburn

Reserves: 16 Jack Yeandle, 17 Ben Moon, 18 Marcus Street, 19 Sean Lonsdale, 20 Don Armand, 21 Stu Townsend, 22 Harvey Skinner, 23 Stuart Hogg

Sale Sharks: 15 Simon Hammersley, 14 Byron McGuigan, 13 Sam James, 12 Manu Tuilagi, 11 Marland Yarde, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Ben Curry 6 Tom Curry (c), 5 Jean-Luc du Preez, 4 Cobus Wiese, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Curtis Langdon, 1 Ross Harrison

Reserves: 16 Ewan Ashman, 17 Valery Morozov, 18 Will-Griff John, 19 James Phillips, 20 Jono Ross, 21 Raffi Quirke, 22 Kieran Wilkinson, 23 Rohan Janse van Rensburg

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