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Four changes to Worcester Warriors for Bristol battle

Chris Pennell

Warriors have made four changes to the starting line-up for this Sunday’s Aviva Premiership clash with Bristol Rugby at Sixways (kick-off 3pm).

Chris Pennell is set to start at full-back for the first time since the return fixture at Ashton Gate on Boxing Day, while the in-form Josh Adams moves to the wing.

Elsewhere, the backline remains unchanged but Val Rapava Ruskin, Chris Vui and Marco Mama are all brought into the forward pack for Sunday’s big game as Warriors look to move away from the relegation zone.

Rapava Ruskin returns to the front row following a back problem while number eight Mama will make his first Premiership start since September as he gets set to battle his former club, whom he helped to reach the top flight last season.

Chris Vui is also restored to the back row after shaking off a knock.

Ryan Lamb is named at replacement fly-half, having last played Bristol in May 2015, where his last-minute kick of the game sealed Warriors’ promotion back to the Premiership.

Tickets for the game are almost sold out.

Worcester Warriors

15 Chris Pennell
14 Bryce Heem
13 Wynand Olivier
12 Jackson Willison
11 Josh Adams
10 Ryan Mills
9 Francois Hougaard

1 Val Rapava Ruskin
2 Niall Annett
3 Nick Schonert
4 Donncha O’Callaghan (C)
5 Will Spencer
6 Chris Vui
7 Sam Lewis
8 Marco Mama

Replacements
16 Joe Taufete’e
17 Ryan Bower
18 Biyi Alo
19 Tevita Cavubati
20 Dewald Potgieter
21 Luke Baldwin
22 Ryan Lamb
23 Perry Humphreys

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