Stuart Hogg returns for Exeter for clash against Sale Sharks

Stuart Hogg has returned from British and Irish Lions commitments
Stuart Hogg has returned from British and Irish Lions commitments

Exeter Chiefs have received a big boost ahead of their third round Gallagher Premiership clash against Sale Sharks with Stuart Hogg returning to the starting line up.

Hogg has returned from his British and Irish Lions commitments to take position at fullback replacing Josh Hodge.

The Scotland international's inclusion is amongst the six changes made by Rob Baxter with Joe Simmonds dropping to the bench and Harvey Skinner taking the kicking responsibility.

While Jonny Hill, Luke Cowan-Dickie and Sam Simmonds are still unavailable for selection, Ben Moon dons the number 1 jersey with with New Zealander Josh Iosefa-Scott making his full debut at tighthead.

The back row also sees two changes with Dave Ewers returning and Richard Capstick starting at number eight.

Meanwhile, Sale Sharks themselves have made eight changes to the side for the encounter with Tom Roebuck, Rob du Preez, Cameron Neild and Curtis Langdon all returning.

Exeter Chiefs XV: Hogg; Cordero, Slade, Devoto, O'Flaherty; H Skinner, Maunder; Moon, Yeandle (capt), Iosefa-Scott, Witty, Lonsdale, Ewers, Armand, Capstick

Reserves: Innard, Hepburn, Williams, McCauley, Tshiunza, Townsend, J Simmonds, Hendrickson

Sale XV: Solomona; Roebuck, Janse van Rensburg, Hill, Yarde; R du Preez, Cliff; Harrison, Langdon, Schonert, Wiese, J-P du Preez, Neild, Dugdale, Ross (capt).

Reserves: Ashman, Rodd, Oosthuizen, Birch, Taylor, Warr, Wilkinson, L James