Powell handed starting spot at Falcons

Ryan Powell will start at scrum half for Worcester Warriors in the Guinness Premiership clash with Newcastle Falcons at Kingston Park on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

Powell is promoted to the starting line-up after recovering from injury as Director of Rugby Mike Ruddock makes just two changes to the side that drew with Bristol Rugby last time out.

The only change in the pack is in the front row where Chris Horsman is named at prop with Tevita Taumoepeau moving to the replacements bench.

Pat Sanderson will once again skipper the side as Warriors hunt a first win in the north east against the Falcons since April 2005.

Warriors v Newcastle Falcons
15 Chris Latham
14 Rico Gear
13 Dale Rasmussen
12 Sam Tuitupou
11 Chris Pennell
10 Eoghan Hickey
9 Ryan Powell

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

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