26th May, 2019

Waller to reach landmark against Gloucester

Correspondent 26th Apr, 2019

LOOSEHEAD prop Ethan Waller will become the third Warriors player in recent weeks to reach the 50 appearances milestone for the club in Sunday’s Gallagher Premiership derby against Gloucester at Sixways (kick-off 3pm).

Waller, 26, joined Warriors from Northampton Saints two years ago and will follow Francois Hougaard (v Harlequins) and Marco Mama (v Sale Sharks) to the half century of appearances landmark in a home match.

Waller will have the honour of leading out Warriors against Gloucester and he will again start having produced a dynamic display in the win over Sale.

Warriors have made one change to their starting XV with wing Perry Humphreys set for his first appearance in almost four months.

Humphreys suffered an ankle injury in the win over Bath in January but made his comeback in the Cavaliers two weeks ago and scored a try in the final Premiership Rugby Shield match of the season at Newcastle on Monday.

Humphreys replaces Bryce Heem who was suspended by the RFU after his appeal against the decision to upgrade the yellow card he received against Sale to a red was rejected.

Fit-again lock Michael Fatialofa returns to the squad as one of six replacement forwards.

Marco Mama will again captain Warriors in the absence of the injured GJ van Velze and Ryan Mills.

Warriors

15 Chris Pennell

14 Perry Humphreys

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 Michael Fatialofa

20 Andrew Kitchener

21 Ted Hill

22 Michael Heaney

23 Jono Lance

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