This fixture is a rematch of last season’s Challenge Cup semi-final where the hosts narrowly came out on top before falling to Clermont in the final.
Jono Gibbes has decided to start 22-year-old Tevita Railevu for the first time. Sale, meanwhile, have made 15 changes to the matchday 23 that ran in six tries against Harlequins last weekend in the Gallagher Premiership. Prop Ross Harrison is one of only six players to keep his place in the starting line-up.
LA ROCHELLE: 15. Jeremy Sinzelle; 14. Tevita Railevu, 13. Geoffrey Doumayrou, 12. Levani Botia, 11. Arthur Retiere; 10. Ihaia West, 9. Tawera Kerr Barlow, 1. Reda Wardi, 2. Pierre Bourgarit, 3. Sila Puafisi, 4. Thomas Lavault, 5. Rémi Leroux, 6. Kevin Gourdon (capt), 7. Wiaan Liebenberg, 8. Gregory Alldritt. Reps: 16. Brendan Lebrun, 17. Mike Corbel, 18. Uini Atonio, 19. Lopeti Timani, 20. Zeno Kieft, 21. Thomas Berjon, 22. Brock James, 23. Kini Murimurivalu.
SALE SHARKS: 15. Luke James; 14. Thomas Roebuck, 13. Sam James (capt), 12. James Williams, 11. Marland Yarde; 10. AJ MacGinty, 9. Will Cliff; 1. Ross Harrison, 2. Rob Webber, 3. Jake Cooper-Woolley, 4. Matthew Postlewaite, 5. James Phillips, 6. Jean-Luc du Preez, 7. Ben Curry, 8. Dan du Preez. Reps: 16. Curtis Langdon, 17. Valery Morozov, 18. Callum Ford, 19. Sam Dugdale, 20. Cameron Neild, 21. Fergus Warr, 22. Joe Carpenter, 23. Chris Ashton.
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