TEAM NEWS | Four changes to Warriors for Bristol clash

Ben Te’o, Dean Hammond, Michael Dowsett and Christian Scotland-Williamson are all named in the Warriors starting line-up for their Aviva Premiership Boxing Day clash with Bristol Rugby at Ashton Gate (kick-off 3pm).

Dewald Potgieter will lead Warriors for just the second time as they look to build the gap between themselves and their opponents at the foot of the table. 

Head Coach Carl Hogg makes four changes to the side which took on Wasps in the last round of Aviva Premiership action, with England international Te’o returning for his first appearance since scoring against Harlequins in October.

Scrum-half Dowsett is given the nod for his first Premiership start, having scored against Bristol on his Club debut in the Anglo-Welsh Cup in November, while winger Hammond is recalled to the wing.

Locks Scotland-Williamson and Will Spencer, who have impressed in the recent block of European Challenge Cup fixtures, are both named in the squad with Scotland-Williamson set for his first ever Premiership start. 

Spencer is among the replacements and could make his first Premiership appearance for the Club. 

Academy scrum-half George de Cothi could also make his Premiership bow from the bench while Ryan Mills is also recalled to the matchday 23. 

15 Chris Pennell
14 Dean Hammond
13 Ben Te’o
12 Jackson Willison
11 Cooper Vuna
10 Jamie Shillcock
9 Michael Dowsett
1 Val Rapava Ruskin
2 Jaba Bregvadze
3 Nick Schonert
4 Christian Scotland-Williamson
5 Darren Barry
6 Dewald Potgieter (C)
7 Sam Lewis
8 Alafoti Faosiliva

16 Jack Singleton
17 Na’ama Leleimalefaga
18 James Johnston
19 Will Spencer
20 Phil Dowson 
21 George de Cothi
22 Ryan Mills
23 Josh Adams

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