16th Jun, 2019

Mama to skipper Warriors to mark half century appearance

Correspondent 12th Apr, 2019

WARRIORS back-row forward Marco Mama will captain the side on his 50th appearance for the club in tomorrow’s Gallagher Premiership match against Sale Sharks at Sixways (kick-off 3pm).

The 28 year-old Zimbabwean initially joined Warriors on loan from Bristol in 2015 and signed a permanent deal at Sixways in January 2016.

Mama will become the second Warriors player in as many weeks to reach the 50 appearance milestone, following scrum-half Francois Hougaard, and he will move across the back row from number eight to the blindside flank.

Mama will also captain Warriors in the absence of centre Ryan Mills (shoulder) who had been leading the side while club captain GJ van Velze is sidelined by a broken forearm.

Scotland number eight Cornell du Preez comes into the side at number eight for his first start for Warriors since his move from Edinburgh last summer.

Du Preez suffered a fractured larynx on his debut against Wasps in September and made his comeback as a replacement in the European Challenge Cup quarter-final against Harlequins two weeks ago.

Tighthead prop Nick Schonert has recovered from the back injury that ruled him out of last week’s match at Wasps and he takes his place in a re-jigged front row with Ethan Waller starting at loosehead.

Wing Bryce Heem also returns to the side after recovering from a sore foot and former South Africa international Francois Venter will form a new centre partnership with England’s Ben Te’o in Milss’ absence.

Hooker Jack Singleton returns to the matchday squad as a replacement having recovered from an elbow injury and fly-half Jono Lance is also named on the bench having recovered from the head injury he sustained in the win at Bristol.

Warriors

15 Chris Pennell

14 Bryce Heem

13 Francois Venter

12 Ben Te’o

11 Josh Adams

10 Duncan Weir

9 Francois Hougaard

1 Ethan Waller

2 Niall Annett

3 Nick Schonert

4 Anton Bresler

5 Darren Barry

6 Marco Mama (c)

7 Sam Lewis

8 Cornell du Preez

Replacements

16 Jack Singleton

17 Callum Black

18 Gareth Milasinovich

19 Andrew Kitchener

20 Ted Hill

21 Michael Heaney

22 Jono Lance

23 Tom Howe

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