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Team news: Warriors name team to face Pau

Team news: Warriors name team to face Pau

Warriors blindside flanker Alafoti Faosiliva will make his first start since the opening match of the season in the European Challenge Cup Pool 2 match at the Stade du Hameau on Friday (kick-off 7.00pm GMT).

The Samoa international started against Wasps in the Gallagher Premiership on September 1 but then suffered a calf injury against Newcastle when he came on as a replacement.

Faosiliva made his comeback as a replacement in the Premiership Rugby Cup match at Saracens last month and has now been named in an experienced starting XV as Warriors attempt to make it three straight wins in Europe.

Warriors will be captained by South Africa centre Wynand Olivier who will make his first start since the victory over Ospreys in the European Challenge Cup in October.

Olivier will renew his centre partnership with Ollie Lawrence who returns after five weeks out with a leg injury.

Hooker Isaac Miller is in line to make his first competitive appearance for Warriors as a replacement having recovered from a fractured collarbone, an injury he sustained in the pre-season match at Benetton Rugby in August. Miller joined Warriors from London Scottish during the summer.

Centre Will Butler will make his first appearance of the season following an elbow injury, if he comes off the bench.

Prop Jack Cosgrove, who has been signed from Bristol Bears on a contract until the end of the season, has also been named among the replacements.

Nine of Friday’s side started on Warriors’ last match in France, a 38-27 win over Stade Francais in Paris in October.

 

Warriors

15 Scott van Breda

14 Perry Humphreys

13 Ollie Lawrence

12 Wynand Olivier (C)

11 Dean Hammond

10 Jamie Shillcock

9 Michael Heaney

1 Ethan Waller

2 Niall Annett

3 Gareth Milasinovich

4 Darren Barry

5 Andrew Kitchener

6 Alafoti Faosiliva

7 Matti Williams

8 Matt Cox

 

Replacements:

16 Isaac Miller

17 Jack Cosgrove

18 Simon Kerrod

19 James Scott

20 Beck Cutting

21 Jonny Arr

22 Will Butler

23 Tom Howe

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