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England stars to start for Sale Sharks one week after World Cup bronze final

By Josh Raisey
England's fly-half George Ford celebrates after winning the France 2023 Rugby World Cup third-place match between Argentina and England at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, on the outskirts of Paris, on October 27, 2023. (Photo by Miguel MEDINA / AFP) (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images)

England fly-half George Ford is set to start for Sale Sharks on Friday against Gloucester one week after facing Argentina in the World Cup bronze final at the Stade de France.

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Ford came on from the bench to play the final 25 minutes against the Pumas, but is set to start at the Salford Stadium alongside fellow England international Bevan Rodd, who also came on from the bench in Paris.

The loosehead Rodd did not see a huge amount of action during the World Cup, while Ford’s participation in the tournament dwindled once Owen Farrell returned from suspension having had a starring role at the beginning of the tournament.

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England post-match presser – third-place play-off

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England post-match presser – third-place play-off

Argentina hooker Agustin Creevy also came on from the bench in that match, but he too is set to start against the Cherry and Whites in what will be his debut for the Sharks.

England flanker Ben Curry could also make his return from injury in the match, having spent five months out with a hamstring injury.

Gloucester’s only England player at the World Cup, Jonny May, is not part of their squad.

Sale Sharks XV
15. Sam James, 14. Tom Roebuck, 13. Rob du Preez ©, 12. Sam Bedlow, 11. Arron Reed, 10. George Ford, 9. Gus Warr; 1. Bevan Rodd, 2. Agustin Creevy, 3. Nick Schonert, 4. Cobus Wiese, 5. Jonny Hill, 6. Ernst van Rhyn, 7. Sam Dugdale, 8. Dan du Preez.

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Replacements
16. Nathan Langdon, 17. Si McIntyre, 18. James Harper, 19. Josh Beaumont, 20. Ben Curry, 21. Nye Thomas, 22. Alex Wills, 23. Tom Ellis.

Gloucester XV
15 Jake Morris, 14 Jack Reeves, 13 Chris Harris (c), 12 Mark Atkinson, 11 Alex Hearle, 10 George Barton, 9 Charlie Chapman, 1 Val Rapava-Ruskin, 2 Jack Singleton, 3 Kirill Gotovtsev, 4 Freddie Thomas, 5 Arthur Clark, 6 Albert Tuisue, 7 Ben Donnell, 8 Jack Clement

Replacements
16 Santi Socino, 17 Harry Elrington, 18 Ciaran Knight, 19 Cam Jordan, 20 Harry Taylor, 21 Micky Young, 22 Max Llewellyn, 23 Josh Hathaway

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