Team news | Beck to make first Premiership start in a year against Tigers

Warriors centre Ashley Beck will make his first Gallagher Premiership appearance in more than a year against Leicester Tigers at Sixways on Saturday (kick-off 3.00pm).

The Wales international joined Warriors from Ospreys in the summer of 2018 but made only four appearances in his first season at Sixways before he suffered a broken leg in the opening minutes of the European Challenge Cup victory over Stade Francais in Paris 12 months ago.

Beck missed the rest of the season but he made a successful return to action by scoring his first try for Warriors in the Premiership Rugby Cup victory over Leicester four weeks ago.

Beck, who also played against Exeter Chiefs two weeks ago, starts as the only change to the back division that started in last weekend’s Premiership Rugby Cup match at Wasps.

There are three changes to the pack where loosehead prop Callum Black and lock Graham Kitchener, who both came off the bench at Wasps, start along with Scotland international Cornell du Preez who has been named at number eight.

Wing Melani Nanai will make his first appearance at Sixways having played in the Premiership Rugby Cup matches at Bath and Wasps.

Marco Mama will lead Warriors with captain GJ van Velze named as a replacement.

South Africa international centre Francois Venter is in line to make his first appearance of the season off the bench following his recovery from a calf injury.

Warriors
15 Chris Pennell
14 Perry Humphreys
13 Ashley Beck
12 Ryan Mills
11 Melani Nanai
10 Duncan Weir
9 Francois Hougaard
1 Callum Black
2 Niall Annett
3 Conor Carey
4 Anton Bresler
5 Graham Kitchener
6 Ted Hill
7 Marco Mama (C)
8 Cornell du Preez

16 Isaac Miller
17 Ethan Waller
18 Richard Palframan
19 Michael Fatialofa
20 GJ van Velze
21 Jono Kitto
22 Jono Lance
23 Francois Venter

The following players were not considered for selection:
Injury/illness | Will Butler, Justin Clegg, Matt Cox, Tom Dodd, Alex Hearle, Andrew Kitchener, Sam Lewis, Matt Moulds, Farai Mudariki, Nick Schonert.
International commitments | Ed Fidow, Joe Taufete’e.

Leicester Tigers | 15 George Worth, 14 Adam Thompstone, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Kyle Eastmond, 11 Jonah Holmes, 10 Noel Reid, 9 Ben White, 1 Greg Bateman, 2 Tom Youngs (C), 3 Joe Heyes, 4 Will Spencer, 5 Calum Green, 6 Hanro Liebenberg, 7 Tommy Reffell, 8 Guy Thompson.

Replacements | 16 Jake Kerr, 17 Facundo Gigena, 18 Nephi Leatigaga, 19 Harry Wells, 20 Jordan Coghlan, 21 Sam Harrison, 22 Tom Hardwick, 23 Jordan Olowofela.