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Bath v Sale Sharks preview

Full-back Nick Abendanon will make his 200th appearance for Bath when they face Sale Sharks at the Recreation Ground on Friday.

Also hitting a major milestone is England Saxons loosehead prop Nathan Catt who, should he be called on from the bench, will make his 100th appearance for his home club.

Abendanon retains the number 15 jersey following a scintillating performance in last week's bonus point win over London Irish, with Anthony Watson and Semesa Rokoduguni joining him in the back three.

Kyle Eastmond and Ollie Devoto continue their midfield combination, as do George Ford and Peter Stringer in the half-backs.

The only change comes in the pack, with Guy Mercer replacing the injured Francois Louw on the openside flank.

Matt Garvey and Leroy Houston continue on the blindside and at number eight respectively.

Stuart Hooper captains the side from the second-row, where he is partnered by Dave Attwood, and the international front row duo of Paul James and David Wilson prop down either side of Ross Batty at the coalface.

Meanwhile, Sale Sharks boss Steve Diamond has retained the same matchday 23 that beat Northampton last weekend.

There is one change to the starting line-up, however. The only switch sees Andrei Ostrikov coming in at lock and Jonathan Mills takes his place on the bench.

The teams:

Bath: 15 Nick Abendanon, 14 Anthony Watson, 13 Ollie Devoto, 12 Kyle Eastmond, 11 Semesa Rokoduguni, 10 George Ford, 9 Peter Stringer, 8 Leroy Houston, 7 Guy Mercer, 6 Matt Garvey, 5 Dave Attwood, 4 Stuart Hooper (c), 3 David Wilson, 2 Ross Batty, 1 Paul James.

Replacements: 16 Tom Dunn, 17 Nathan Catt, 18 Anthony Perenise, 19 Dominic Day, 20 Carl Fearns, 21 Micky Young, 22 Gavin Henson, 23 Horacio Agulla.

Sale: 15 Tom Arscott, 14 Tom Brady, 13 Jonny Leota, 12 Sammy Tuitupou, 11 Mark Cueto, 10 Danny Cipriani, 9 Dwayne Peel, 8 James Gaskell, 7 David Seymour, 6 Dan Braid, 5 Michael Paterson, 4 Andrei Ostrikov, 3 Vadim Cobilas, 2 Marc Jones, 1 Eifion Lewis Roberts.

Replacements: 16 Aston Croall, 17 Ross Harrison, 18 Henry Thomas, 19 Jonathan Mills, 20 Mark Easter, 21 Will Cliff, 22 Nick Macleod, 23 Rob Miller.