Ton-up Sanderson to lead Warriors

Captain fantastic Pat Sanderson will lead Worcester Warriors into battle and make his 100th appearance for the club when they tackle Bristol Rugby in the Guinness Premiership at Sixways on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

Talismanic skipper Sanderson, who joined Warriors in 2004, will hit his century of games in a crucial clash as Director of Rugby Mike Ruddock welcomes back a number of players into his starting line-up.

Australian international full back Chris Latham is restored to the side after recovering from a knee injury and loan signing Eoghan Hickey moves to fly half.

Chris Pennell also makes his comeback on the wing and is joined by Rico Gear who has been declared fit after being taken off as a precaution against Bourgoin last weekend.

Warriors welcome back Matt Mullan and Greg Rawlinson into the pack after they were rested from cup competition last time out and Tongan hooker Aleki Lutui also returns.

Scrum half Ryan Powell is named among the replacements after recovering from injury and is joined by Hal Luscombe.

Warriors v Bristol Rugby

15 Chris Latham
14 Rico Gear
13 Dale Rasmussen
12 Sam Tuitupou
11 Chris Pennell
10 Eoghan Hickey
9 Matt Powell

1 Matt Mullan
2 Aleki Lutui
3 Tevita Taumoepeau
4 Greg Rawlinson
5 Craig Gillies
6 Netani Talei
7 Pat Sanderson (c)
8 Kai Horstmann

16 Chris Horsman
17 Chris Fortey
18 Will Bowley
19 Matt Cox
20 Ryan Powell
21 Joe Carlisle
22 Hal Luscombe