Sale v Newcastle preview
Sale Sharks will hope to make it two wins from two in the Premiership when they host Newcastle at the Salford City Stadium on Friday.
Steve Diamond makes one change to his side as Jonny Leota misses out after picking up a knock at Gloucester. Mark Cueto moves to centre and Tom Brady starts on the left wing.
Meanwhile, Will Welch returns as captain for Newcastle after missing last week's opener at home to Bath. He is one of five changes as the Falcons look to secure their first win of the campaign.
Jamie Helleur is ruled out with concussion sustained against Bath last week with Adam Powell replacing the Samoan at inside centre. Meanwhile, Oliver Tomaszczyk comes into the front-row alongside hooker Matt Thompson, who returns from illness. Second-row Fraser McKenzie rounds off the changes to make his club debut.
"Sale are a very unified side and they work for each other so they will challenge us in every aspect of the game," said Falcons boss Dean Richards.
"It was a surprise result for them to win down at Gloucester, but I think it heightens our awareness of what they are about. They are a very physical side who are comfortable in all sorts of conditions, and they have a top draw team in terms of their willingness to play rugby."
Sale: 15 Tom Arscott, 14 Phil Mackenzie, 13 Mark Cueto, 12 Andy Forsyth, 11 Tom Brady, 10 Nick Macleod, 9 Dwayne Peel, 8 James Gaskell, 7 David Seymour, 6 Dan Braid (capt), 5 Michael Paterson, 4 Johnathan Mills, 3 Henry Thomas, 2 Marc Jones, 1 Eifion Lewis Roberts.
Replacements: 16 Tommy Taylor, 17 Ross Harrison, 18 Vadim Cobilas, 19 Kirill Kulemin, 20 Josh Beaumont, 21 Will Cliff, 22 Joe Ford, 23 Rob Miller.
Newcastle: 15 Alex Tait, 14 Noah Cato, 13 Danny Barnes, 12 Adam Powell, 11 Tom Catterick, 10 Phil Godman, 9 Mike Blair, 8 Ally Hogg, 7 Will Welch (c), 6 Dom Barrow, 5 Scott MacLeod, 4 Fraser McKenzie, 3 Oliver Tomaszczyk, 2 Matt Thompson, 1 Franck Montanella.
Replacements: 16 Rob Vickers, 17 Kieran Brookes, 18 Scott Wilson, 19 Carlo del Fava, 20 Mark Wilson, 21 Warren Fury, 22 Rory Clegg, 23 James Fitzpatrick.