29th Mar, 2020

David to make Premiership debut

Worcester Editorial 14th Feb, 2020

NICK David will make his Gallagher Premiership debut for Warriors against Bath Rugby at Sixways on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

The Three Pears Warriors Academy youngster has played much of his rugby at full-back but will start on the left wing against Bath.

David has made three senior starts this season on the wing in the European Challenge Cup and gets his Premiership debut in the absence of the injured Melani Nanai – who has been ruled out for the season – Ed Fidow, Tom Howe Perry Humphreys and Dean Hammond.

Scott van Breda will make his first Premiership start on the right wing in place of Humphreys (hip) as one of six changes to the side that faced Wasps three weeks ago.

Van Breda, who made two Premiership appearances off the bench last season, has had two spells on loan with Isuzu Southern Kings in the Guinness Pro-14 this season.

South Africa international scrum-half Francois Hougaard returns having recovered from a foot injury with former England full-back Chris Pennell and fit-again South Africa centre Francois Venter recalled in place of Jamie Shillcock (thigh) and Ashley Beck (illness).

Warriors welcome back three players who have been involved in Six Nations squad sessions in recent weeks.

Blindside flanker Ted Hill returns to club duty having trained with England for two weeks with number eight Cornell du Preez and fly-half Duncan Weir back from Scotland training.

Du Preez won his seventh cap but first since he joined Warriors from Edinburgh two years ago, as a replacement in the Six Nations opener against Ireland in Dublin.

Lock Andrew Kitchener has recovered from a shoulder injury and is named among the replacements.

15 Chris Pennell

14 Scott van Breda

13 Ollie Lawrence

12 Francois Venter

11 Nick David

10 Duncan Weir

9 Francois Hougaard

1 Ethan Waller

2 Matt Moulds (C)

3 Nick Schonert

4 Anton Brelser

5 Graham Kitchener

6 Ted Hill

7 Marco Mama

8 Cornell du Preez

Replacements

16 Joe Taufete’e

17 Ryan Bower

18 Richard Palframan

19 Andrew Kitchener

20 Sam Lewis

21 Michael Heaney

22 Jono Lance

23 Ryan Mills

Not considered because of injury or illness: Niall Annett, Ashley Beck, Callum Black Justin Clegg, Conor Carey, Michael Fatialofa, Ed Fidow, Dean Hammond, Alex Hearle, Noah Heward, Tom Howe, Perry Humphreys, Joe Morris, Farai Mudariki, Melani Nanai, Jamie Shillcock..

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