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Bath v Sale (Today 2.15pm)

A No 10 match-up between Olly Barkley, on his way out of Bath, and Danny Cipriani, still finding his way in at Sale, would have been intriguing. Unfortunately for Cipriani, the axe has fallen early: Nick Macleod replaces him in a side shorn of injury absentees Dwayne Peel and Richie Gray.

Quins v Sarries (Sun 2pm)

Tomorrow's heavyweight bout at the Stoop will be fought over the full 12 rounds. Not for the first time this season, Quins prefer the straight-line speed of Tom Guest to the close-quarter dynamism of Maurie Fa'asavalu in the back row. Sarries recall some top operators, including Schalk Brits and Steve Borthwick.

Leicester v Exeter (Today 2.15)

With the flanker Tom Johnson and the centre Jason Shoemark back from injury, the West Countrymen travel at something close to full strength. Leicester, who lost this fixture last term, give Daniel Bowden a competitive debut in midfield and reinstall the England No 8 Thomas Waldrom in their back row.

L Welsh v Gloucester (Sun 3pm)

Gloucester are not great ones for winning away from home, so a third straight victory for the Exiles will not be wholly out of the question tomorrow. Ben Morgan is injured, so Sione Kalamafoni shifts to No 8 for the visitors. Seb Jewell starts at full-back for the home side.