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Nick Walshe highlights Danny Cipriani danger

Published 03/12/2015

Gloucester are well aware of the threat posed by Sale Sharks' England international fly-half Danny Cipriani
Gloucester are well aware of the threat posed by Sale Sharks' England international fly-half Danny Cipriani

Gloucester backs and attack coach Nick Walshe has highlighted Danny Cipriani's danger ahead of the Aviva Premiership clash against Sale Sharks at Kingsholm on Friday.

England international fly-half Cipriani shone in the corresponding fixture last season, helping to create three Sale tries before scoring a fourth himself, although Sharks were edged out 34-27.

"Sale are a very good side," Walshe said. "They are competitive, they're very tough and they never give in. If they lose, they are never heavily beaten.

"And, when you have someone like Cipriani pulling the strings, you just never know. Some of his individual brilliance last year created three tries against us.

"So, we are conscious of how good they can be, but we're a good side as well. We know that, and we are working hard to show that."

Gloucester show one change of personnel from the side beaten by Northampton last week, with Sione Kalamafoni replacing number eight Ben Morgan, while Billy Twelvetrees and James Hook swap positions, with Hook moving to fly-half and Twelvetrees taking the number 12 shirt.

Walshe added: "Last week was frustrating, but we are staying really positive, working really hard and are sure that we will come good. A couple of wins on the bounce, and you move up five or six places.

"We are doing some good stuff, we're doing some not so good stuff at the minute. So, we're looking to put in a good performance on Friday, getting the crowd behind us and getting some buzz and confidence into the team."

Sale, currently three points and three places above Gloucester in seventh, hand starts to wing Nev Edwards, scrum-half Peter Stringer and number eight Josh Beaumont following last Saturday's 15-15 home draw against Newcastle.

Edwards replaces Tom Arscott, with Stringer taking over from Chris Cusiter and Beaumont moving into the back-row instead of Magnus Lund. Flanker David Seymour, meanwhile, is on the bench following a five-match absence due to injury.

Sale have not recorded an away win in any competition since they beat London Welsh last February, while Gloucester have not scored a try in their last three hours of Premiership action.

"Gloucester are a good side at home," Sale rugby director Steve Diamond said.

"We've got to be on our mettle to get anything out of the game."

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