- Round six of Premiership rugby kicks off at the Recreation Ground
- Wasps top the table and visit champions Saracens on Sunday
From landmark games to timely returns, round six of the Aviva Premiership is set to deliver a feast of action. Here are stories to look out for this weekend.
Landmark for Sharples
Charlie Sharples will make his 200th competitive appearance for Gloucester at Exeter in their Aviva Premiership clash on Saturday. David Halaifonua will make his first start of the season on the opposite wing and Motu Matu'u is named in the matchday squad for the first time.
Sharples made his debut back in 2007-8 and his appearance at Sandy Park will make him the club's latest double centurion.
Stat: Each side won its respective home game when the clubs clashed last season whilst Gloucester’s record at Sandy Park in the tournament is an even won three, lost three.
Te'o's timely return
Centre Ben Te'o returns to the Worcester squad and is among the replacements and there is also a place for hooker Matti Williams on the bench, who could be set for his Warriors debut against Leicester.
England international prop Ellis Genge starts a game at Welford Road for the first time as he joins Tom Youngs and Greg Bateman in the front row.
Stat: Leicester have won their last dozen fixtures against Worcester in Premiership Rugby since the Warriors 23-19 victory at Sixways in March 2008. Worcester have never won at Welford Road in 13 previous visits since 1895.
Sinckler signs up
Harlequins prop Kyle Sinckler has signed a new contract with the Premiership club and starts in the front row with England prop Joe Marler against Northampton Saints this weekend.
Nick Evans is back from injury to start at fly half and among the replacements, Mat Luamanu and Joe Marchant also both return.
Stat: Northampton have won the last seven of their encounters with Harlequins in all tournaments since the Londoners' 22-19 win at the Stoop in Aviva Premiership Rugby in May 2013.
Wayne Barnes moves ahead of Dave Pearson into second place in the all-time Premiership Rugby referees list, leaving only Chris White ahead on 190 matches refereed.
David Lemi makes a return to first team action for Bristol Rugby who face Newcastle Falcons with the Samoan international set to make his first outing of the campaign after recovering from a knee injury.
Stat: Bristol Rugby have now lost their last six matches in all competitions and last weekend were held scoreless at home for the first time since Cardiff Blues visited the Memorial Stadium in the European Cup in January 2008. They have also not won on the road in Aviva Premiership Rugby since a visit to Newcastle in March 2008.
100 not out
Elliot Daly is set to make his 100th Aviva Premiership appearance against Saracens while Joe Launchbury makes a welcome return to the matchday squad after time out with injury. Alongside Launchbury on the bench, there’s a place for Tom Cruse, who comes into the matchday 23 for the first time this season, in line for his club Premiership debut.
Three players have put pen to paper to extend their stay with Wasps this week, with second row Kearnan Myall, scrum half Dan Robson and flanker Thomas Young all re-signing with the club.
Stat: Wasps reside at the top of the Aviva Premiership Rugby table courtesy of an unblemished winning record this campaign. Prior to this season Wasps had only ever topped the table in Premiership Rugby after a complete round of games just four times, the last of which was in season 2009/10.
Mike Haley, who is set to make his first appearance of the season for Sale against Bath, having recovered from a shoulder injury for England Saxons in the summer.
Bath will be without wing Anthony Watson after he suffered a fractured jaw in training, however, centre Jonathan Joseph does return to the side.
Stat: Sale Sharks have scored 34 points and four tries in both of their last two matches, but they have won twice away from home since March while Bath have beaten Sale in three of the last four fixtures.