Denny Solomona set to make his Sale debut
Denny Solomona will make his Sale Sharks debut against European Champions Cup opponents Saracens on Sunday.
Super League club Castleford this week responded to Sale's signing of the winger by issuing High Court proceedings for damages against him.
Castleford are also seeking damages against Sale, plus Solomona's agent Andy Clarke.
Sale confirmed on Tuesday that prolific try-scorer Solomona had signed a three-year contract with them, despite still having two years left on his Tigers deal.
The fallout of that continues and on Friday t he All-Party Parliamentary Rugby League Group said it had written to the Rugby Football Union and the Sports Minister Tracey Crouch expressing its concerns over the ongoing contractual dispute.
It is against that back-drop that Solomona features for the first time in Sale colours as they look to break their Champions Cup run of defeats this season that means they currently prop up Pool Three.
Sale's fellow Aviva Premiership clubs Leicester and Northampton also face tall orders this weekend, as they look to bounce back from Champions Cup drubbings last time out.
Leicester were thumped 38-0 by Pool One leaders Munster in Limerick, while Northampton went down 37-10 at home to Leinster in Pool Four. Saturday's schedule sees return fixtures at Welford Road and the Aviva Stadium, respectively.
Tigers skipper Tom Youngs said: "In professional sport, we are used to playing back-to-back rugby.
"There are weeks when you have a bad game or the scoreline says something, but then you have a week to get it right and have a think about it and look forward to the challenge.
"The difference is that we get to play Munster again, which doesn't happen in the Premiership. We are looking forward to it, and we have to put some pride back in the jersey and work a bit more for each other."
Northampton, minus suspended England skipper Dylan Hartley, head to Dublin. And like Leicester, they know that another defeat would effectively end any quarter-final hopes.
"We've got to go out there and play some rugby," said Saints rugby director Jim Mallinder, who has made 10 changes, including returns for prop Kieran Brookes and flanker Calum Clark.
"They have clearly got a good pack who put our forwards under pressure in the set-piece, particularly the scrum, although we did well on our lineouts and they did well on their lineouts.
"We will be looking to be better there, and we will be looking to play some rugby. I saw some improvements in our game, in our accuracy and getting the ball wide at certain times. We need to keep building on that."
Pool Two leaders Wasps tackle Connacht in Galway on Saturday after beating the reigning Guinness PRO12 champions at the Ricoh Arena last weekend. Danny Cipriani (calf muscle strain) and Kyle Eastmond (chest injury) remain absent, but Australian star Kurtley Beale again starts following a try-scoring debut five days ago.
Wasps rugby director Dai Young said: "This is very much half-time in the fixture.
"We are well aware of the huge challenge ahead of us, against a quality side, at a very difficult place to play. Connacht have a really passionate set of supporters, and we are expecting it to be a fantastic atmosphere, as it always is at the Sportsground.
"We also expect the weather conditions to be as testing as they normally are in December, so we will need to be efficient with possession and any opportunities that come our way.
"We were really pleased to pick up five points last weekend, and I am sure Connacht were disappointed not to come away with anything.
"However, I imagine they left confident that they will be able to get something out of this Saturday's game, having caused us plenty of problems last week.
"We can't give them as much ball as we did at the Ricoh Arena. We will need to secure more possession and cause them more problems ball in hand than we did then."