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Schonert and Cavubati back for Bath test

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Director of Rugby Dean Ryan has made two changes to the Warriors side which pushed Leicester Tigers earlier this month as they prepare for a trip to Bath Rugby on Sunday in the Aviva Premiership (kick-off 2.30pm).

Nick Schonert returns to the front row following a facial injury to partner Na’ama Leleimalefaga and Niall Annett while Fijian Tevita Cavubati replaces Donncha O’Callaghan in the second row alongside Darren Barry.
 
Phil Dowson will skipper the side in the absence of GJ van Velze with Matt Cox and Sam Betty at six and seven respectively.
 
An unchanged backline sees stand-off Tom Heathcote line-up next to scrum-half Jonny Arr and centres Ryan Mills and Wynand Olivier, while the back three comprises Chris Pennell, Bryce Heem and Cooper Vuna.
 
In the replacements, hooker Ben Sowrey could be set for his first Aviva Premiership appearance while Andy Symons make his first league start of the campaign.
 
Ryan said: “Bath are not necessarily a side that are hitting the form they did last season but they have quality individuals all over the field.
 
“The group that played against Leicester played really well and were disappointed they didn’t get a result.
 
“So we’re really excited about going to Bath and we’ll have another shot at trying to take a big scalp.”
 
Warriors
15 Chris Pennell
14 Bryce Heem
13 Wynand Olivier
12 Ryan Mills
11 Cooper Vuna
10 Tom Heathcote
9 Jonny Arr
1 Na’ama Leleimalefaga
2 Niall Annett
3 Nick Schonert
4 Tevita Cavubati
5 Darren Barry
6 Matt Cox
7 Sam Betty
8 Phil Dowson (C)
 
Replacements
16 Ben Sowrey
17 Val Rapava Ruskin
18 Joe Rees
19 Donncha O’Callaghan
20 Marco Mama
21 Charlie Mulchrone
22 Andy Symons
23 Tom Biggs
 

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