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Heathcote returns for Newcastle visit

Tom Heathcote is the only change to the Warriors starting XV for Sunday’s clash with Newcastle Falcons at Sixways (kick-off 3pm).

The fly-half returns to the side as Warriors chase a first win of the 2016/17 Aviva Premiership season.

In the first two home games, Warriors have picked up five points courtesy of two draws, but will be looking to go one better against the Falcons on Sunday.

Meanwhile, back row Matt Cox is named in the replacements and could be set for his first appearance of the campaign if he features from the bench.

Head Coach Carl Hogg said: “Newcastle have evolved as a rugby side. They are well coached with a good defensive system but they look ambitious with ball in hand. It will be a good challenge on Sunday.

“We have a strong framework we play to and if we stick to it we’re very successful.

“We’ve caused a lot of problems for the teams we’ve faced and it’s about sticking to what we know and staying resilient under periods of pressure.

“It’s about making decisions in the right areas of the field that protect us as a side.”

Warriors

15 Jamie Shillcock
14 Perry Humphreys
13 Wynand Olivier
12 Jackson Willison
11 Cooper Vuna
10 Tom Heathcote
9 Jonny Arr

1 Val Rapava Ruskin
2 Niall Annett
3 Nick Schonert
4 Donncha O’Callaghan
5 Darren Barry
6 Alafoti Faosiliva
7 Carl Kirwan
8 Phil Dowson (C)

Replacements
16 Jaba Bregvadze
17 Na’ama Leleimalefaga
18 James Johnston
19 Christian Scotland-Williamson
20 Matt Cox
21 Luke Baldwin
22 Ryan Lamb
23 Josh Adams

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