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Sale Sharks v Worcester preview

Danny Cipriani returns to the Sale Sharks starting line-up against Worcester Warriors in the Aviva Premiership on Friday night.

Cipriani was heavily criticised by director of rugby John Mitchell and owner Brian Kennedy for his poor defence and was consequently dropped following the 62-0 defeat to Toulon, but returns after Nick Macleod picked up an injury.

Tom Brady ois back on the wing for his first start since the win over London Irish in November. Alasdair Dickinson has recovered from his shoulder problems and is on the bench as are Dwayne Peel and Cameron Shepherd.

Meanwhile, centre Alex Grove is all set to hit a century of appearances for the Warriors in the clash.

Scotland international Grove, who made his club debut in December 2006 against Newport Gwent Dragons and has scored 21 tries in his Sixways career, will become a Worcester centurion as he is named in an unchanged starting line-up by head coach Richard Hill.

Hill makes just one change to his bench with prop Rob O'Donnell named among the replacements.

Lock James Percival will skipper the Warriors alongside Chris Jones in the second row, with Jones returning to his former club. Dean Schofield could also make an appearance against his old club after being named on the bench.