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Full English on the cup menu for Warriors

Full English on the cup menu for Warriors

Worcester Warriors kick-off the club’s LV= Cup campaign with an all-English line-up against London Wasps at Sixways Stadium on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

The coaching team of Richard Hill and Phil Davies has named a starting line-up with every player being English qualified – including hooker Chris Fortey who will make his 150th appearance for the Warriors.

Chris Pennell returns to captain the team at outside centre and will line-up with Alex Crockett in midfield. Former England Sevens star Josh Drauniniu and ex-England Under-20 wing Andy Short will provide the firepower out wide while Tom Arscott occupies the full back slot.

The young half back pairing of Joe Carlisle and Ollie Frost, fresh from his impressive full league debut against London Irish, will look to get the Warriors on the front foot behind a powerful pack.

Versatile Chris Jones moves back to second row while Adam Balding will make a first start of the season. Flanker Sam Betty and prop George Porter make their full debuts for Warriors.

Hooker Ollie Hayes could make his competitive club debut from the bench alongside Ben Gulliver, Richard Muagututia and James Currie.

“The LV= Cup gives an opportunity for many players within our set-up to feature prominently in the first team and represents a new stimulus within the group,” said Forwards Coach Phil Davies.

“Both teams pride themselves on a strong defence. I used to work with Wasps Assistant Coach Rob Hoadley when he was with the Wales Under-20s so know how much of an impact he has had at Adams Park. Likewise Phil Larder has done a fantastic job on our ‘D’ this season.

“However, both teams will be tested to the full with some real attacking talent on show and we believe Josh Drauniniu and Andy Short can offer us a real threat out wide. It’s all set-up to be a very exciting game for the Sixways faithful.”

Warriors vs. London Wasps
15 Tom Arscott
14 Andy Short
13 Chris Pennell (c)
12 Alex Crockett
11 Josh Drauniniu
10 Joe Carlisle
9 Ollie Frost
1 George Porter
2 Chris Fortey
3 Oliver Tomaszczyk
4 Chris Jones
5 Craig Gillies
6 Sam Betty
7 Matt Kvesic
8 Adam Balding
16 Ollie Hayes
17 Bruce Douglas
18 James Currie
19 Ben Gulliver
20 Richard Muagututia
21 Danny Gray
22 Andy Goode
23 Mike Penn

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