Aviva Premiership briefing

  • Last Updated: March 30 2013, 13:08 GMT

Team news and statistics ahead of this weekend's action in the Aviva Premiership.

Sailosi Tagicakibau: Returns for London Irish on Sunday
Sailosi Tagicakibau: Returns for London Irish on Sunday

Sunday, March 31

London Irish (10) v Sale (11)

Irish, unbeaten at home since three days before Christmas, show a solitary change to the side that easily accounted for Worcester last Saturday. Samoa international wing Sailosi Tagicakibau returns to action in the number 11 shirt in a team captained by lock George Skivington.

Sale, whose relegation battle was buoyed by a 14-13 victory over Bath last time out, are unchanged behind the scrum, but James Gaskell switches from lock to number eight instead of Andy Powell, and Kearnan Myall forms the second-row partnership alongside Andrei Ostrikov.

Last season: London Irish 21 Sale 19, Sale 30 London Irish 29

Last six league matches: London Irish W W L W L W; Sale L W W L L W

Top try-scorers: Halani Aulika and Topsy Ojo (London Irish) 3; Mark Cueto, Johnny Leota and Richie Vernon (Sale) 3

Top point-scorers: Ian Humphreys (London Irish) 127; Danny Cipriani (Sale) 190

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