4 Dec, 10:19
Grand Slam winners Fiona Coghlan and Nora Stapelton have returned the Women's RBS 6 Nations trophy to Chief Executive John Feehan at the Six Nations offices in Dublin.
Sale will go into this game full of confidence following last week's narrow win in Galway, but Connacht can take heart from the performances last night of both Leinster and Ulster and know that a victory here is not beyond them.
Sale coach Jim Mallender has rotated his squad and six of last week's replacements' bench start this afternoon making this effectively the Sale team that finished last week, except for fit-again Samoan flanker Apollo Perelini, who was a late withdrawal seven days ago.
Connacht welcome back Johnny O'Connor and give Mark McHugh a place in the starting line up and both could give this Connacht side the type of boost they need.
CONNACHT: G Duffy; P Duignan, W Munn, T Allnutt, J Ferris; M McHugh, E Reddan; D cFarland, T Kearns, P Bracken, R Frost, D Browne, P Neville, C Rigney, J O'Connor. Replacements: R McCormack, H Bourke, A Maher, M Swift, E Elwood, M McPhail, D McCabe.
SALE: V Going; M Cueto, M Shaw, M Deane, A Elliott; C Hodgson, J Bramhall; A Black, A Titterrell, S Turner, I Fullerton, M Giacheri, A Perelini, A Sanderson, R Wilks. Replacements: A Dickens, S Hanley, S Davidson, S Lines, K Yates, P Anglesea, B Jackman.
Referee: S Mancini (Italy).