TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Olivier set for Warriors debut

South Africa international Wynand Olivier will make his Warriors debut when Wasps visit Sixways on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

The centre signed for the Club earlier this week and goes straight into the side as a new Midlands rivalry begins on the pitch.

Olivier lines-up alongside Alex Grove, while Chris Pennell, Sam Smith and Tom Biggs make-up the back three.

The half-back combination sees Ryan Lamb partner Charlie Mulchrone for the first time this season.

Marco Mama and Darren Barry will make their first Warriors starts as they line-up in a familiar looking forward pack.

Mama is included alongside Sam Lewis and captain GJ van Velze in the back-row, while Barry partners Darren O’Shea.

Val Rapava Ruskin, Niall Annett and Nick Schonert are named in the front-row.

Warriors Director of Rugby Dean Ryan has included 12 players on the bench as he looks to give the players in his squad further match action.

15 Chris Pennell
14 Sam Smith
13 Alex Grove
12 Wynand Olivier
11 Tom Biggs
10 Ryan Lamb
9 Charlie Mulchrone
1 Val Rapava Ruskin
2 Niall Annett
3 Nick Schonert
4 Darren Barry
5 Darren O’Shea
6 Marco Mama
7 Sam Lewis
8 GJ van Velze (C)

16 Dan George
17 Na’ama Leleimalefaga
18 Joe Rees
19 Dan Sanderson
20 Matt Cox
21 Jonny Arr
22 Tom Heathcote
23 Ravai Fatiaki
24 Sam Betty (blank shirt)
25 Ryan Mills (blank shirt)
26 Phil Dowson (blank shirt)
27 Ben Howard (blank shirt)

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