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29th May, 2022

Warriors make 11 changes for EPCR finale

Rob George 21st Jan, 2022

WARRIORS have made 11 changes to their starting XV for their final EPCR Challenge Cup pool match against Zebre at the Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi in Parma on Saturday (kick-off 3.15pm).

Harri Doel, who scored a try off the right wing against Toulon last Saturday, switches to full-back for the trip to Italy with former England back-row forward Matt Kvesic moving from number eight to the blindside flank.

Hooker Niall Annett, who is the other member of the pack that started against Toulon, will be co-captain of the side along with Wales international centre Ashley Beck who came off the bench last week.

Oli Morris, who will partner Beck in the midfield, is the fourth starter from the Toulon match.

Lock Andrew Kitchener has recovered a dead leg and will resume his second-row partnership with Justin Clegg with Sam Lewis and Tonga international Sione Vailanu recalled in the back-row.

Loosehead prop Ethan Waller and Scotland international tighthead Murray McCallum will join Annett in the front row with Will Chudley and Billy Searle paired at half-back for the first time since the opening match in this competition against Newcastle Falcons six weeks ago.

Wings Tom Howe and Alex Hearle also return with Howe in line for his second start of the campaign having spent the first half of the season on loan with Coventry in the Championship.

Club Captain Ted Hill is named on a strong bench along with Christian Judge, Kyle Hatherell, Gareth Simpson and Fin Smith who all started against Toulon.

Wing Jack Johnson will make his European debut if he comes off the bench having scored a try in each of his first two appearances in the Premiership Rugby Cup wins over Bristol Bears and Gloucester Rugby.

Warriors | 15 Harri Doel, 14 Tom Howe, 13 Oli Morris, 12 Ashley Beck (CC), 11 Alex Hearle, 10 Billy Searle, 9 Will Chudley, 1 Ethan Waller, 2 Niall Annett (CC), 3 Murray McCallum, 4 Justin Clegg, 5 Andrew Kitchener, 6 Matt Kvesic, 7 Sam Lewis, 8 Sione Vailanu.

Replacements | 16 Isaac Miller, 17 Kai Owen, 18 Christian Judge, 19 Kyle Hatherell, 20 Ted Hill, 21 Gareth Simpson, 22 Fin Smith, 23 Jack Johnson.

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