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Key man Faf de Klerk Best sign­ing Chris Ash­ton Ris­ing star Ben Curry

Best-case sce­nario Con­sid­er­ing the tal­ent Steve Di­a­mond has at his dis­posal, from star sign­ing Chris Ash­ton to the Curry twins, Sale have the strength to take a Cham­pi­ons Cup place and nab a Pre­mier­ship play-off place.

Worst-case sce­nario With Ash­ton banned for seven weeks and Faf de Klerk on Spring­boks duty un­til Oc­to­ber, Sale must avoid a slow start. If away trips to Har­lequins and Ex­eter in the open­ing three rounds take their toll, Sale could strug­gle. KR

Ins Ewan Ash­man (Academy), Chris Ash­ton (Toulon), Rouban Birch (Academy), Ciaran Booth (Academy), Con­nor Do­herty (Academy), Sam Dug­dale (Academy), Cal Ford (Academy), Ro­han Janse van Rens­burg (Lions), Joe Jones (Per­pig­nan), Teddy Leatherbar­row (Academy), James Phillips (Bath Rugby), Cameron Red­path (Academy), Be­van Rodd (Academy), Gus Warr (Academy), Kieran Wilkin­son (Academy)

Outs Will Ad­di­son (Ul­ster), Halani Au­lika (Greno­ble), Mike Ha­ley (Mun­ster), TJ Ioane (Lon­don Ir­ish)

Di­a­mond sign­ing: Sale’s Chris Ash­ton

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