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Warriors set for final Sixways encounter on grass

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Warriors will play their final match on grass at Sixways as the 2015/16 season concludes with a clash against Saracens on Saturday (kick-off 3.30pm).

Dean Ryan makes five changes to the side which faced Leicester Tigers at Welford Road last time out as Na'ama Leleimalefaga, Donncha O'Callaghan, Dan Sanderson, Sam Betty and Luke Baldwin all come into the starting line-up.

Sanderson will make his final appearance for the Club, as will Andy Symons, while Charlie Mulchrone and Alex Grove could also play their last game for Warriors as they are named amongst the replacements.

Ryan Mills partners Symons in the centre, while Chris Pennell, Bryce Heem and Cooper Vuna make up the back three.

The half-back combination sees Tom Heathcote partner Baldwin for the first time since February's clash with Bath Rugby.

Niall Annett and Nick Schonert retain their place alongside Leleimalefaga in the front row, while O'Callaghan and Sanderson line-up in the second row.

Phil Dowson will captain the side at number eight alongside Carl Kirwan and Betty.

Academy youngster Charlie Hewitt, who appeared for Warriors against the Barbarians earlier this season before enjoying a loan spell at London Scottish, could make his full debut for the Club if he comes off the bench.

Warriors Director of Rugby Ryan said: "We want to be competitive so we've selected the side we think will be the most competitive.

"Saracens create a huge amount of pressure and have a huge amount of power. It's not about knowing what's coming, it's about dealing with it – and that's the challenge we've got.

"Trying to get points against the best in the country is tough but it's also part of our own development."

Warriors

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

1 Na'ama Leleimalefaga
2 Niall Annett
3 Nick Schonert
4 Donncha O'Callaghan
5 Dan Sanderson
6 Sam Betty
7 Carl Kirwan
8 Phil Dowson (C)

Replacements
16 Jaba Bregvadze
17 Ryan Bower
18 James Johnston
19 Charlie Hewitt
20 Matt Cox
21 Charlie Mulchrone
22 Ryan Lamb
23 Alex Grove

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