Crichton returns for crunch Irish visit

Samoan international fly half Loki Crichton is handed a recall as Worcester Warriors make two changes for the crunch Guinness Premiership clash with London Irish at Sixways Stadium on Friday (kick-off 8pm).

Crichton moves up from the bench and is joined by Matt Powell at scrum half, who takes over from namesake Ryan who moves to the replacements.

Skipper Pat Sanderson is declared fit, after being forced off early in the defeat to Harlequins last time out, but prop Darren Morris again misses out with a stinger injury.

Director of Rugby Mike Ruddock hands Tom Wood a place on the bench, with Netani Talei ruled out with a knee injury, and there is also a recall for fly half Shane Drahm.

Warriors v London Irish

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

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

16 Shaun Ruwers
17 Matt Mullan
18 Will Bowley
19 Tom Wood
20 Ryan Powell
21 Shane Drahm
22 Marcel Garvey

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