17 - 6HT 17 - 6

Kingston Park
Att 8,005
Sun 03 Mar 19, 3:00pm

Pennell to equal Warriors’ appearance record

Warriors full-back Chris Pennell will equal the club’s record of appearances in the Gallagher Premiership in Sunday’s match against Newcastle Falcons at Kingston Park (kick-off 3.00pm).

The former England international will make his 149th Premiership appearance and draw level with lock Craig Gillies who reached the same number between 2004 and 2013.

Pennell, 31, made his Premiership debut against Bath 12 years ago and has played all his club rugby for Warriors having joined the Academy from Old Swinford Hospital School.

Pennell is on course to surpass Gillies’ appearance record and become the first Warriors player to the 150 milestone against Exeter Chiefs at Sixways on March 9 which will also be his Testimonial Day.

At Newcastle Pennell will take his place in a Warriors side that is unchanged for the first time this season.

Wing Josh Adams has been rested after sustaining several knocks, including groin and head injuries, before he scored the winning try for Wales in their Guinness Six Nations victory over England in Cardiff last Saturday.

Tom Howe, who has scored nine tries in as many first team appearances this season including a last-gasp winner against Leicester Tigers last Sunday will again deputise for Adams.

Hooker Joe Taufete’e is on international duty with the USA against Uruguay in Seattle where he needs one try to beat Keith Wood’s international record of 15 tries by a front row forward.

Former London Scottish hooker Isaac Miller will again provide cover for Jack Singleton on a bench that is also unchanged.

Centre Ryan Mills will again captain Warriors as GJ van Velze has undergone surgery on a fractured forearm.

15 Chris Pennell
14 Bryce Heem
13 Francois Venter
12 Ryan Mills (C)
11 Tom Howe
10 Duncan Weir
9 Francois Hougaard
1 Ethan Waller
2 Jack Singleton
3 Nick Schonert
4 Anton Bresler
5 Michael Fatialofa
6 Ted Hill
7 Sam Lewis
8 Marco Mama

16 Isaac Miller
17 Callum Black
18 Gareth Milasinovich
19 Pierce Phillips
20 Matt Cox
21 Michael Heaney
22 Jono Lance
23 Ollie Lawrence

Newcastle Falcons | 15 Simon Hammersley, 14 Zach Kibirige, 13 Chris Harris, 12 Johnny Williams, 11 Sinoti Sinoti, 10 Toby Flood, 9 Sonatane Takulua, 1 Sam Lockwood, 2 George McGuigan, 3 Logovi’i Mulipola, 4 Calum Green, 5 Andrew Davidson, 6 Will Welch (C), 7 Gary Graham. 8 Callum Chick.

Replacements | 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Adam Brocklebank, 18 David Wilson, 19 Will Witty, 20 Nemani Nagusa, 21 Sam Stuart, 22 Brett Connon, 23 Josh Matavesi




Competition: Gallagher Premiership Rugby
Venue: Kingston Park
Referee: Wayne Barnes
Game Type: Away
Fixture Round: 15
Attendance: 8,005
No. Name T C D P
15 Simon Hammersley
14 Zach Kibirige 1T
13 Chris Harris
12 Johnny Williams
11 Sinoti Sinoti
10 Toby Flood 1T 2C 1P
9 Tane Takulua
1 Sam Lockwood
2 George McGuigan
3 Logovi'i Mulipola
4 Calum Green
5 Andrew Davidson
6 Will Welch
7 Gary Graham
8 Callum Chick
16 Kyle Cooper
17 Adam Brocklebank
18 David Wilson
19 Will Witty
20 Nemani Nagusa
21 Sam Stuart
22 Brett Connon
23 Josh Matavesi