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Cox sole change for Warriors trip to Irish

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Director of Rugby Dean Ryan has made just one change to his starting 15 for Warriors’ crunch Aviva Premiership clash at London Irish this Sunday (kick-off 1pm).

Matt Cox comes in at openside flanker in place of Marco Mama as Warriors go in search of an all-important third league victory of the season.

An unchanged backline sees the exciting back three of Chris Pennell, Cooper Vuna and Bryce Heem while Wynand Olivier and Ryan Mills maintain their spots in the centre.

Luke Baldwin continues to be rewarded for his good form with a start at nine, while Tom Heathcote links up with him at fly-half.

Na'ama Leleimalefaga, Niall Annett and Nick Schonert make up the front row followed by giants Donncha O'Callaghan and Tevita Cavubati in the second row.

GJ van Velze skippers the side in the back row next to Phil Dowson and Cox.

Meanwhile, there are a number of changes to the replacements bench with Georgia international hooker Jaba Bregvadze, prop Val Rapava Ruskin and fly-half Ryan Lamb all added to the side.

Ryan said: "Irish are a side we would expect to be competitive with and have a chance of winning against.

"We're very much looking forward to the challenge of seeing the things we've done well against good sides and if that can really transfer into a contest with a side that's probably operating at similar levels to ourselves.

"You compare the scrum we've got now to the one we've had in the first few games and it's very different although it's the same people.

"But that's what this whole season is about – we've got to keep improving and learning to give ourselves a foot up into this league.

"We've shown signs of that but we now have to transfer those displays into wins."

Warriors

15 Chris Pennell
14 Bryce Heem
13 Wynand Olivier
12 Ryan Mills
11 Cooper Vuna
10 Tom Heathcote
9 Luke Baldwin

1 Na'ama Leleimalefaga
2 Niall Annett
3 Nick Schonert
4 Donncha O'Callaghan
5 Tevita Cavubati
6 Phil Dowson
7 Matt Cox
8 GJ van Velze (C)
 
Replacements
16 Jaba Bregvadze
17 Val Rapava Ruskin
18 James Johnston
19 Dan Sanderson
20 Marco Mama
21 Charlie Mulchrone
22 Ryan Lamb
23 Andy Symons

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