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Friday, February 7

Sale (7) v Gloucester (9)

Sale parade their all-international half-back pairing of Dwayne Peel and Danny Cipriani as they look to maintain the push for top-half Premiership status. The Premiership's all-time record try-scorer Mark Cueto also starts, while Sam Tuitupou and Jonny Leota team up in midfield.

Fly-half Freddie Burns returns from England Saxons duty as one of six changes to the Gloucester team that accounted for LV= Cup opponents Wasps last weekend. Burns teams up with Jimmy Cowan at half- back, while wing Charlie Sharples also features and there are starts for hooker Darren Dawidiuk, prop Sila Puafisi and lock Elliott Stooke.

Last season: Sale 32 Gloucester 9, Gloucester 29 Sale 3

Last six league matches: Sale L W L W L W; Gloucester L L L W W L

Top try-scorers: Mark Cueto (Sale) 6; Jonny May (Gloucester) 5

Top point-scorers: Danny Cipriani (Sale) 133; Freddie Burns (Gloucester) 135

Worcester (12) v Leicester (5)

Argentina Test hooker Agustin Creevy returns to action for Worcester following a three-month injury absence as rugby director Dean Ryan rings the changes for a return to Premiership action. Elsewhere, Paul Warwick replaces fly-half Ignacio Mieres, scrum-half Jonny Arr returns, with centre Alex Grove and wing David Lemi also back in action.

Scrum-half Ben Youngs lines up for Leicester after missing out on a place in England's match-day 23 for the RBS 6 Nations clash against Scotland on Saturday. Elsewhere, there is a return from injury for prop Logovi'I Mulipola, with Youngs being joined in the side by fellow England returnee Ed Slater.

Last season: Worcester 14 Leicester 19, Leicester 34 Worcester 26

Last six league matches: Worcester L L L L L L; Leicester L W W L W D

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Top try-scorers: David Lemi & Ignacio Mieres (Worcester) 2; Vereniki Goneva & Ed Slater (Leicester) 3

Top point-scorers: Ignacio Mieres (Worcester) 90; Toby Flood (Leicester) 107

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