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Jonathan Joseph returns from dead leg as Bath seek Sale success

Jonathan Joseph returns from a dead leg as Bath seek the victory over Sale that could see them finish the weekend placed second in the Aviva Premiership.

Joseph has missed the last two matches with a dead leg but has been restored at outside centre for Friday night's visit of the Sharks to the Recreation Ground.

Anthony Watson is missing, however, and could be sidelined until the end of the year with a broken jaw sustained during England's three-day training camp in Brighton earlier this week.

Bath have won all but one of their five Premiership matches under Todd Blackadder and Joseph has hailed the influence of their new Kiwi director of rugby.

"The biggest difference this season has been the mindset. We have a different approach and Todd has got the best out of the boys so far," Joseph said.

"Everyone is in a happy place, really enjoying it and has bought in to what we're trying to do. That's been the main difference.

"Not much has changed rugby wise, it's more mentally with the boys bonding better. The whole organisation is really moving on."

Former South Africa prop Brian Mujati makes his first appearance of the season for Sale after Kieran Longbottom was injured during last weekend's bonus-point victory over Leicester.

"Bath are a different outfit this year. We need to go down there and try and assert some control up front and if we can do that, then we stand a chance," Sharks director of rugby Steve Diamond said.

"It's a difficult place to win. We pride ourselves on what we're doing well, we just need some consistency."


From Belfast Telegraph