30 - 33HT 6 - 19

Att 9,142
Sat 09 Mar 19, 3:00pm

Double celebration for Pennell

Warriors full-back Chris Pennell will enjoy a double celebration at Saturday’s Gallagher Premiership match against Exeter Chiefs at Sixways (kick-off 3.00pm).

Pennell will lead out the team in his Testimonial Game and will also become the first Warriors player to make 150 Premiership appearances.

The 31-year-old former England international equalled Craig Gillies’ previous Premiership appearance record of 149 matches at Newcastle last Sunday and will reach the new landmark on a day when there will be a range of fund-raising activities for the three charities – Grace Kelly Ladybird Trust, Diabetes UK and Acorns Children’s Hospice – which Pennell is supporting through his Testimonial.

Pennell, the son of the late Graham Dilley, the former England cricketer, made his Premiership debut for Warriors at Bath in 2007 and has played all his rugby for the club he joined from Old Swinford Hospital School.

Pennell will go into the Exeter match needing one point to become only the sixth Warriors player to score 400 points for the club in all competitions.

Warriors are without hooker Jack Singleton who suffered an elbow injury at Newcastle. Niall Annett, who has made a quick recovery from a shoulder injury, replaces Singleton in the middle of the front row.
The other change is at loosehead prop where Callum Black starts.

Number eight Marco Mama has recovered from the head injury he sustained in the second half at Newcastle.

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

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

Exeter Chiefs | 15 Santiago Cordero, 14 Tom O’Flaherty, 13 Ian Whitten, 12 Ollie Devoto, 11 Olly Woodburn, 10 Gareth Steenson, 9 Jack Maunder, 1 Alec Hepburn, 2 Jack Yeandle (C), 3  Greg Holmes, 4
Dave Dennis, 5 Jonny Hill, 6 Dave Ewers, 7 Don Armand, 8 Matt Kvesic.

Replacements | 16 Elvis Taione, 17 Billy Keast, 18 Harry Williams, 19 Sam Skinner, 20 Sean Lonsdale, 21 Nic White, 22 Joe Simmonds, 23 Sam Hill.



Competition: Gallagher Premiership Rugby
Venue: Sixways
Referee: JP Doyle
Game Type: Home
Fixture Round: 16
Attendance: 9,142
No. Name T C D P
15 Santiago Cordero 2T
14 Tom O'Flaherty 1T
13 Ian Whitten
12 Ollie Devoto
11 Olly Woodburn 1T
10 Gareth Steenson 4C
9 Jack Maunder
1 Alec Hepburn
2 Jack Yeandle
3 Greg Holmes
4 Dave Dennis
5 Jonny Hill
6 Dave Ewers
7 Don Armand
8 Matt Kvesic
16 Elvis Taione
17 Billy Keast
18 Harry Williams 1T
19 Sam Skinner
20 Sean Lonsdale
21 Nic White
22 Joe Simmonds
23 Sam Hill