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Ben Te’o to make Worcester Warriors bow in Jersey

Ben Te’o is set for his Warriors bow in today’s pre-season clash against Jersey Reds at St Peter (kick-off 2.30pm). 

The powerful back starts alongside fellow new boy and centre Jackson Willison in an exciting-looking Warriors backline. 

Scrum-half Jonny Arr returns from a lengthy injury lay-off to form the half-back combination with Tom Heathcote while Cooper Vuna and Andy Short start on the wings.

Ben Howard keeps his place at full-back off the back of his last-minute try against European giants Clermont Auvergne last weekend.

In the pack, there is a welcome return for the giant Christian Scotland-Williamson in the second row, who makes his return to action after almost two years on the sidelines. 

The 23-year-old last featured against Moseley in September 2014 and will start next to Fijian lock Tevita Cavubati. 

The experienced Phil Dowson leads the side from the back row alongside Alafoti Faosiliva and Carl Kirwan while Na'ama Leleimalefaga, Jaba Bregvadze and James Johnston occupy the front row.

GJ van Velze is named on the bench, and is just one of five of the Warriors squad that were named in the matchday 22 when they last visited the Channel Island back in March 2015. 

On that day, Warriors were pipped 23-21 courtesy of a late Aaron Penberthy drop-goal for Jersey, in what was just one of two away defeats on the road in the entire 2014/15 season. 

You can follow live Twitter commentary from today's game at www.twitter.com/WorcsWarriors. 

Warriors
15 Ben Howard
14 Andy Short 
13 Ben Te'o
12 Jackson Willison
11 Cooper Vuna
10 Tom Heathcote
9 Jonny Arr
1 Na'ama Leleimalefaga
2 Jaba Bregvadze
3 James Johnston
4 Tevita Cavubati
5 Christian Scotland-Williamson
6 Phil Dowson (C)
7 Carl Kirwan
8 Alafoti Faosiliva

Replacements
16 Niall Annett
17 Ryan Bower
18 Mike Daniels
19 Donncha O'Callaghan
20 GJ van Velze
21 Luke Baldwin
22 Ryan Lamb
23 Wynand Olivier
24 Darren Barry
25 Perry Humphreys

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