21st Aug, 2019

Warrior Heem returns for Wasps 'Derby Day' clash

Correspondent 1st Feb, 2019

WARRIORS wing Bryce Heem returns from a mid-season break in his native New Zealand for Sunday’s Premiership Rugby Cup Derby Day match against Wasps at Sixways (kick-off 3pm).

Heem scored two tries, including the winner in the 19th minute of added time, in the dramatic victory over Bath in Warriors’ last Gallagher Premiership match four weeks ago.

Heem missed the last-gasp European Challenge Cup victories over Ospreys and Stade Francais which secured Warriors a home quarter-final against Harlequins next month but he returned to Sixways this week.

He returns to action along with Scotland fly-half Duncan Weir and South African internationals Francois Venter and Francois Hougaard who also last played against Bath.

Venter resumes his centre partnership with Ryan Mills, who played at fly-half against Ospreys and Stade Francais, with Weir regaining the number 10 jersey.

Tighthead prop Nick Schonert returns from injury and Anton Bresler starts in the second row with Michael Fatialofa ruled out by a shoulder injury.

International commitments at senior or Under-20s level rule out centres Ben Te’o and Ollie Lawrence, winger Josh Adams hooker Joe Taufete’e, lock James Scott and blindside flanker Ted Hill.

Warriors

15 Chris Pennell

14 Bryce Heem

13 Francois Venter

12 Ryan Mills

11 Dean Hammond

10 Duncan Weir

9 Francois Hougaard

1 Callum Black

2 Jack Singleton

3 Nick Schonert

4 Anton Bresler

5 Pierce Phillips

6 Marco Mama

7 Sam Lewis

8 GJ van Velze (C)

Replacements

16 Niall Annett

17 Ethan Waller

18 Gareth Milasinovich

19 Darren Barry

20 Matt Cox

21 Michael Heaney

22 Will Butler

23 Nick David

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