BACK row duo David Denton and GJ van Velze are both restored to Warriors’ Aviva Premiership starting line-up for tomorrow night’s clash with London Irish at Sixways (kick-off 7.45pm).
Van Velze returns following a rib knock while Denton has impressed in the recent block of European Challenge Cup matches to earn a starting spot, as director of rugby Gary Gold’s side look to pull away from Irish at the bottom of the table.
The rest of the starting line-up is unchanged from the one that took on Sale Sharks three weeks ago, as Chris Pennell, Bryce Heem and Josh Adams form the pacey back three, with Jackson Willison and Ryan Mills in the centre.
Francois Hougaard and Jono Lance complete the half-back combination.
Ethan Waller, Jack Singleton and Nick Schonert start in the front row, whilst skipper Donncha O’Callaghan and Will Spencer maintain their places in the second row.
Sam Lewis joins Denton and Van Velze in the back row.
Darren Barry, Sam Olver and Perry Humphreys are called up to the squad as replacements after impressing in the past couple of weeks against Oyonnax.
Warriors side to face London Irish:
15 Chris Pennell, 14 Bryce Heem, 13 Jackson Willison, 12 Ryan Mills, 11 Josh Adams, 10 Jono Lance, 9 Francois Hougaard, 1 Ethan Waller, 2 Jack Singleton, 3 Nick Schonert, 4 Donncha O’Callaghan (C), 5 Will Spencer, 6 David Denton, 7 Sam Lewis, 8 GJ van Velze
Replacements: 16 Joe Taufete’e, 17 Ryan Bower, 18 Gareth Milasinovich, 19 Darren Barry, 20 Alafoti Faosiliva, 21 Michael Dowsett, 22 Sam Olver, 23 Perry Humphreys
London Irish side to face Warriors:
15 Greig Tonks, 14 Joe Cokanasiga, 13 Fergus Mulchrone (C), 12 Luke McLean, 11 Alex Lewington, 10 James Marshall, 9 Ben Meehan, 1 Ben Franks, 2 Saia Fainga’a, 3 Petrus Du Plessis, 4 Franco van der Merwe, 5 Teofilo Paulo, 6 Mike Coman, 7 Blair Cowan, 8 Ofisa Treviranus
Replacements: 16 Tom Woolstencroft, 17 Gordon Reid, 18 Lovejoy Chawatama, 19 Sebastian De Chaves, 20 Max Northcote-Green, 21 Scott Steele, 22 Tommy Bell, 23 Aseli Tikoirotuma