35 - 14HT 13 - 11

Att 6,520
Sat 09 Dec 17, 3:00pm

TEAM NEWS | Bower to lead Warriors in Oyonnax battle

Bower to skipper Warriors for French battle

Loosehead prop Ryan Bower will skipper Warriors this Saturday as they host French Top 14 side Oyonnax at Sixways in the European Challenge Cup (kick-off 3pm).

Warriors keep ten of the matchday 23 which took on Sale Sharks in the Aviva Premiership last weekend with just number eight David Denton keeping his starting place.

Denton forms the back row alongside Andrew Durutalo and Huw Taylor while Pierce Phillips and Darren Barry occupy the second row.

In the front row Bower is accompanied by Gareth Milasinovich and the tournament’s joint-top try-scorer, Joe Taufete’e, after the USA hooker bagged a hat-trick against Brive in October.

Ben Howard returns from international duty with England Sevens to start at full-back alongside wingers Tom Howe and Perry Humphreys, with all three having crossed the whitewash in their last appearances for the Club. Sam Olver and Michael Dowsett team up to form the half-back pairing.

Dean Hammond starts in the centre having scored six tries in eight appearances this season and is joined by Max Stelling in midfield, with the pair and Howard the only survivors from the side which last faced Oyonnax at Sixways in a 20-13 win in January 2014.

Stelling actually came off the bench in that match to score the match-winning try and he and his teammates will be hoping for much of the same as they look to push their claims for a top spot in Pool 5 where Warriors sit just three points behind Connacht Rugby.

Kurt Haupt returns to the squad among the replacements along with Simon Kerrod, Biyi Alo and Matti Williams while Jamie Shillcock is also on the bench after overcoming a knee injury.

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15 Ben Howard
14 Tom Howe
13 Dean Hammond
12 Max Stelling
11 Perry Humphreys
10 Sam Olver
9 Michael Dowsett
1 Ryan Bower (C)
2 Joe Taufete’e
3 Gareth Milasinovich
4 Pierce Phillips
5 Darren Barry
6 Huw Taylor
7 Andrew Durutalo
8 David Denton

16 Kurt Haupt
17 Simon Kerrod
18 Biyi Alo
19 Alafoti Faosiliva
20 Matti Williams
21 Luke Baldwin
22 Jamie Shillcock
23 Chris Pennell

Competition: European Rugby Challenge Cup
Venue: Sixways
Referee: Frank Murphy
Game Type: Home
Fixture Round:
Attendance: 6,520
No. Name T C D P
15 Silvere Tian
14 Axel Muller Aranda
13 Vincent Lasmarrigues
12 Maxime Veau
11 Tim Giresse
10 Christophe Ruiz 3P
9 James Hall
1 Khatchik Vartanov
2 Hika Elliot 1T
3 Irakli Mirtskhulava
4 Shay Kerry
5 Christian Njewel
6 Luc Barba
7 Bilel Taieb
8 Maurie Fa'asavalu
16 Benjamin Geledan
17 Kevin Buys
18 Thomas Laclayat
19 Geoffrey Fabbri
20 Maxime Fucina
21 Julien Audy
22 UJ Seuteni
23 Manuel Leindekar Virginio