Captain fantastic Sanderson back for Bristol

Influential skipper Pat Sanderson returns to the starting line-up as Worcester Warriors hunt a first Guinness Premiership win of the season against Bristol Rugby at Sixways Stadium on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

Sanderson was rested for the recent European Challenge Cup victory over Bucuresti but is back in the starting line-up for the crunch top-flight clash.

Back row star Kai Horstmann has recovered from an ankle injury and been passed fit to to play at Number 8 and is joined in the back row by Drew Hickey who moves to blindside flanker.

Tonga international Aleki Lutui is handed the hooker jersey and Darren Morris will play at loose head prop.

Versatile Fijian international Netani Talei is named amongst the replacements after recovering from a recent knee injury.

Warriors v Bristol

15 Thinus Delport
14 Rico Gear
13 Dale Rasmussen
12 Sam Tuitupou
11 Miles Benjamin
10 Loki Crichton
9 Matt Powell

1 Darren Morris
2 Aleki Lutui
3 Tevita Taumoepeau
4 Greg Rawlinson
5 Craig Gillies
6 Drew Hickey
7 Pat Sanderson (c)
8 Kai Horstmann

16 Callum Black
17 Matt Mullan
18 Will Bowley
19 Netani Talei
20 Ryan Powell
21 James Brown
22 Chris Pennell