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16th Jun, 2021

Venter notches up half-century as Warriors visit Wasps

Rob George 14th May, 2021

SOUTH Africa international centre Francois Venter will make his 50th appearance for Warriors in Saturday’s Gallagher Premiership match against Wasps at the Ricoh Arena (kick-off 3pm).

Venter, 30, joined Warriors from Cheetahs in the summer of 2018 and he has been a consistent performer since he made his debut against Wasps in the opening match of the 2018/19 season.

Venter, who scored a try against Exeter last week, continues his centre pairing with Ashley Beck with fit-again England international Ollie Lawrence named among the replacements.

There are three changes to the starting XV with Billy Searle recalled at fly-half to replace Fin Smith who has a sore shoulder. Searle will be facing the club he joined Warriors from last summer.

Harri Doel will make his first start on the left wing having impressed in three appearances off the bench in recent weeks. Doel, a Wales Under-20s international, is currently on loan from Scarlets but will join Warriors on a permanent basis next season.

The only change to the pack is at tighthead prop where Richard Palframan starts in place of Nick Schonert who has been ruled out by the ankle injury he sustained in the first half at Exeter.

Wales international Scott Andrews, who has joined on loan from Cardiff Blues until the end of the season, is in line to make his debut having been named as replacement tighthead.

Experienced lock Anton Bresler and Samoa international wing Ed Fidow also return to the squad as replacements. Bresler has recovered from a head injury and Fidow from a hamstring problem.

Warriors | 15 Jamie Shillcock, 14 Perry Humphreys, 13 Francois Venter, 12 Ashley Beck, 11 Harri Doel, 10 Billy Searle, 9 Francois Hougaard, 1 Ethan Waller, 2 Niall Annett, 3 Richard Palframan, 4 Andrew Kitchener, 5 Justin Clegg, 6 Ted Hill (C), 7 Sam Lewis, 8 Matt Kvesic.

Replacements | 16 Isaac Miller, 17 Marc Thomas, 18 Scott Andrews, 19 Anton Bresler, 20 Joe Batley, 21 Gareth Simpson, 22 Ollie Lawrence, 23 Ed Fidow.

Unavailable | Conor Carey, Beck Cutting, Matt Cox, Nick David, Kyle Hatherell, Marco Mama, George Merrick, Oli Morris, Matt Moulds, Melani Nanai, Nick Schonert, Fin Smith

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