17th Feb, 2020

Skipper GJ to reach century in Wasps clash

WARRIORS club captain GJ van Velze is set to make his 100th appearance against Wasps in Saturday’s Gallagher Premiership match at Sixways (kick-off 3pm).

Number eight Van Velze joined Warriors from Northampton Saints in the summer of 2014 and helped the club win the Greene King IPA Championship and an immediate return to the top flight in his first season.

Van Velze missed almost all of the 2016/17 season because of a serious concussion injury but he made a successful return to action and is expected to come off the bench to make his 100th appearance against Wasps.

Van Velze will become only the 25th Warriors player to reach the 100 appearance landmark but the third in as many months following centre Ryan Mills and loosehead prop Ryan Bower who joined Warriors at the same time.

Cornell du Preez, who trained with Scotland’s Guinness Six Nations squad earlier in the week, will start at number eight with Marco Mama switching from openside to blindside flanker to replace Ted Hill who is on England’s Six Nations training camp in Portugal.

Sam Lewis returns at openside having recovered from a facial injury sustained at Saracens three weeks ago and fit-again Tom Howe comes in to the starting XV.

Former Scotland Under-20s back-row forward Tom Dodd, who signed his first senior contract earlier this week, is in line to make his Premiership debut off the bench.

Warriors

15 Jamie Shillcock

14 Perry Humphreys

13 Ollie Lawrence

12 Ashley Beck

11 Tom Howe

10 Duncan Weir

9 Michael Heaney

1 Ethan Waller

2 Matt Moulds (C)

3 Nick Schonert

4 Anton Bresler

5 Graham Kitchener

6 Marco Mama

7 Sam Lewis

8 Cornell du Preez

Replacements

16 Joe Taufete’e

17 Ryan Bower

18 Richard Palframan

19 GJ van Velze

20 Tom Dodd

21 Jono Kitto

22 Jono Lance

23 Francois Venter

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