Heineken Champions Cup: Racing 92 v Sale Sharks

Tom Curry
Tom Curry returned to action on Sale Sharks' Premiership win against Newcastle on 29/04
Date:Sunday, May 8 Kick-off: 12:00 BST Venue: La Defense Arena
Coverage:Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, and online with text commentary

Tom Curry will be making his debut since the Six Nations, as Sale Sharks attempt to defeat Racing 92 in quarter-final of the Heineken Champions Cup.

Cobus Wiese, England's flanker, is the only forwards player who has been recalled from the side that beat Bristol Bears last round.

Robert Du Preez is partnered by Manu Tuilagi at the centre, with Alan MacGinty beginning at fly-half.

For Racing 92, Finn Russell, Scotland's number 10, will oppose MacGinty.

Sale will be helped by the return of England’s Six Nations captain Curry. Curry was back in action against Newcastle after suffering a hamstring injury.

It will be the first encounter between Racing 92, Sale and the three-time runnersup. They are competing for a spot in the semi-final.

South African world cup-winning duo Faf de Klerk & Lood de Jager will play at scrum-half & second-row respectively, while the Premiership side plays in their third Champions Cup quarterfinal.

USA captain MacGinty has been released from a knee injury sustained by De Klerk at the half-back. While Tom Roebuck, winger, will be trying to add to his four tries this season's competition.

Racing will be playing in their fifth consecutive Champions Cup tie. The team has won six of the last six matches at home against English opposition.

Russell is not the only one available for France, but there are many internationals, such as Camille Chat and Gael Faickou.

Match stats

  • Racing won two of their five previous knockouts against English sides (L3). Sale lost both of its previous knockout ties against French opposition.
  • Sale has lost all 10 of their Champions Cup away games in France.
  • Only Leicester's George Ford (60), has scored more kicks in open play than Racing’s Russell (50).


Racing 92: Spring; Thomas, Fickou, Chavancy, Imhoff; Russell, Le Garrec; Kolingar, Chat, Sa, Chouzenoux, Bresler, Lauret, Diallo, Tanga

Replacements: Baubigny, Ben Arous, Nyakane, Le Roux, Pesenti, Machenaud, Gibert, Vakatawa

Sale Sharks: James; Roebuck, R du Preez, Tuilagi, Hammersley; MacGinty, De Klerk; Rodd, Van der Merwe, Schonert, Du Preez, De Jager, Ross, T Curry, D du Preez.

Replacements: Ashman, McIntyre, Oosthuizen, Wiese, B Curry, Warr, James, Janse van Rensburg.

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