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Kiwi lock to make Warriors debut in Pau clash

Correspondent 14th Dec, 2018 Updated: 14th Dec, 2018

LOCK Michael Fatialofa will make his debut for Warriors in their European Challenge Cup Pool Two match against Pau at Sixways on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

Fatialofa joined Warriors in late October having helped Auckland win New Zealand’s Mitre 10 Cup but he has been given a month to recover fully from a knee injury which required surgery after he had completed the Hurricanes’ Super Rugby season.

Fatialofa has now been cleared to play again and he has been named in the Warriors’ starting XV as they start the second half of their European campaign.

Marco Mama returns to the side for the first time since the victory over Bristol Bears in the Gallagher Premiership in early October following his recovery from injury.

Back-row forward Carl Kirwan is set to make his first senior appearance in two years having been named among the replacements.

Kirwan has played second team rugby for the Cavaliers since a shoulder injury initially disrupted his career.

Full-back Scott van Breda and number eight Alafoti Faosiliiva are the only players in Saturday’s side who started in Pau last week although scrum-half Jonny Arr came on as a second half replacement in France.

Warriors

15 Scott van Breda

14 Bryce Heem

13 Francois Venter

12 Ryan Mills (C)

11 Josh Adams

10 Duncan Weir

9 Jonny Arr

1 Callum Black

2 Jack Singleton

3 Nick Schonert

4 Anton Bresler

5 Michael Fatialofa

6 Ted Hill

7 Marco Mama

8 Alafoti Faosiliva

Replacements

16 Isaac Miller

17 Ethan Waller

18 Gareth Milasinovich

19 Pierce Phillips

20 Carl Kirwan

21 Michael Heaney

22 Ollie Lawrence

23 Perry Humphreys

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