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Kirwan set for first Warriors Premiership start

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Director of Rugby Dean Ryan has made five changes to his Warriors side ahead of Saturday’s clash with Bath Rugby at Sixways (kick-off 3pm).

Carl Kirwan is set for his first Aviva Premiership appearance for the Club in the back row alongside Phil Dowson and skipper GJ van Velze, while Darren Barry comes into the second row to partner Donncha O'Callaghan.

Nick Schonert and Niall Annett are joined by Val Rapava Ruskin in the front row, as the prop is rewarded with a starting berth following his all-action showing off the bench against London Irish.

There are two changes to the backline with Tom Heathcote returning at fly-half and Andy Symons replacing Ryan Mills in the centre.

Meanwhile, this week's new signing Dewald Potgieter could make his Warriors debut from the replacements bench.

Director of Rugby Dean Ryan said: "Last week was a game we thought we could win and it's been a harsh review in every area this week.

"A win this weekend is the only answer. It doesn't matter what we say now.  We do the damage on the rugby field and we can only repair it on the rugby field.

"Bath aren't in good form by their standards but they're still a class side so we won't treat them as anything else.

"We're looking forward to it and seeing a big response from everyone."

Warriors

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

1 Val Rapava Ruskin
2 Niall Annett
3 Nick Schonert
4 Donncha O'Callaghan
5 Darren Barry
6 Phil Dowson
7 Carl Kirwan
8 GJ van Velze (C)

Replacements
16 Jaba Bregvadze
17 Na'ama Leleimalefaga
18 James Johnston
19 Dan Sanderson
20 Dewald Potgieter
21 Charlie Mulchrone
22 Ryan Lamb
23 Ryan Mills

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