Wing wonder Gear forced out of Sale clash

Worcester Warriors have been forced into two late changes after both Rico Gear and James Brown were declared unfit for the Guinness Premiership clash with Sale Sharks on Friday (kick-off 7.45pm).

New Zealand wing Gear, who has scored eight tries in 11 games for Warriors, failed a fitness test on a hamstring injury and his place in the starting line-up is taken by Marcel Garvey.

Brown is also ruled out with a back problem and his position on the replacements bench is taken by Joe Carlisle. Chris Pennell moves up to the bench.

Fly half Shane Drahm returns to the starting line-up with Samoan international Loki Crichton ruled out. Centre Dale Rasmussen is fit to take his place in the side to face Sale.

Warriors v Sale Sharks

15 Thinus Delport
14 Marcel Garvey
13 Dale Rasmussen
12 Sam Tuitupou
11 Miles Benjamin
10 Shane Drahm
9 Matt Powell

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

16 Shaun Ruwers
17 Matt Mullan
18 Will Bowley
19 Drew Hickey
20 Ryan Powell
21 Joe Carlisle
22 Chris Pennell