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Symons set for 50th Warriors appearance

Warriors centre Andy Symons is set for his 50th Club appearance when Dean Ryan’s side face Leicester Tigers at Welford Road this Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

The 24-year-old is one of three changes to the Warriors starting 15 which battled Wasps a fortnight ago, with hooker Niall Annett and giant lock Tevita Cavubati also picked to face the Tigers.

Symons partners Ryan Mills in the centre with Bryce Heem returning to his more familiar place on the wing.
Cooper Vuna and full-back Chris Pennell complete the back three while Francois Hougaard and Tom Heathcote form the half-back combination.

Annett partners props Val Rapava Ruskin and Nick Schonert in the front row, while Cavubati comes into the side for Donncha O’Callaghan in the second row next to Darren Barry.

Phil Dowson and Carl Kirwan maintain their places in the back row with skipper GJ van Velze at number eight.
Director of Rugby Ryan said: “We recognise the scale of the challenge. Welford Road is one of the toughest places to go historically.

“We’ve spent a lot of time challenging the group in how we want to perform in these final two games.

“We recognise it’s a different environment to what we’re used to but it’s important to get our best performance out there which will serve us in good stead going into next year.”

Warriors

15 Chris Pennell
14 Bryce Heem
13 Andy Symons
12 Ryan Mills
11 Cooper Vuna
10 Tom Heathcote
9 Francois Hougaard

1 Val Rapava Ruskin
2 Niall Annett
3 Nick Schonert
4 Tevita Cavubati
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 Donncha O’Callaghan
20 Sam Betty
21 Luke Baldwin
22 Ryan Lamb
23 Dean Hammond

 

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