35 - 16HT 6 - 9

Franklin's Gardens
Att 12,025
Sat 26 Oct 19, 2:00pm

Team News | Waller to face former club in Northampton trip

Warriors loosehead prop Ethan Waller will pack down against his brother Alex when he faces his former club Northampton Saints in Saturday’s Gallagher Premiership match at Franklins Gardens (kick-off 2.00pm).

Waller came off the bench in last Saturday’s home win over Leicester Tigers but swaps places with Callum Black, who moves to the bench, for the trip to Northampton. Alex will start at loosehead for Northampton.

Hooker Joe Taufete’e is set for his seasonal debut for Warriors having returned to Sixways last week from Rugby World Cup duty with Japan. Taufete’e has been named among the replacements but Samoa wing Ed Fidow, who was also on World Cup duty, has been given more time to familiarise himself with Warriors’ attacking and defensive systems following his summer move from Provence.

Openside flanker Sam Lewis has recovered from a rib injury which ruled him out of the Leicester match and he starts in the back row.

Lewis fills the gap left by Marco Mama who misses out having sustained a head knock in training which requires him to go through the return-to-play protocols.

Centre Ryan Mills will lead the side in Mama’s absence with club captain GJ van Velze, another former Northampton player, again named as a replacement.

Lock Michael Fatialofa, who was a replacement against Leicester, comes into the starting line up as Warriors’ third change in a swap with Graham Kitchener who is named on the bench this week.

Warriors
15 Chris Pennell
14 Perry Humphreys
13 Ashley Beck
12 Ryan Mills (C)
11 Melani Nanai
10 Duncan Weir
9 Francois Hougaard
1 Ethan Waller
2 Niall Annett
3 Conor Carey
4 Anton Bresler
5 Michael Fatialofa
6 Ted Hill
7 Sam Lewis
8 Cornell du Preez

Replacements
16 Joe Taufete’e
17 Callum Black
18 Richard Palframan
19 Graham Kitchener
20 GJ van Velze
21 Jono Kitto
22 Jono Lance
23 Francois Venter

Players not considered for selection because of injury/illness: Will Butler, Tom Dodd, Alex Hearle, Andrew Kitchener, Marco Mama, Matt Moulds, Farai Mudariki, Nick Schonert.

Northampton Saints | 15 George Furbank, 14 Tom Collins, 13 Fraser Dingwall, 12 Rory Hutchinson, 11 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 10 James Grayson, 9 Henry Taylor, 1 Alex Waller, 2 James Fish, 3 Ehren Painter, 4 Alex Coles, 5 Alex Moon, 6 Tom Wood, 7 JJ Tonks, 8 Teimana Harrison.

Replacements | 16 Mikey Haywood, 17 Ben Franks, 18 Karl Garside, 19 Lewis Bean, 20 Jamie Gibson, 21 Connor Tupai, 22 Andy Symons, 23 Ollie Sleightholme.

Competition: Gallagher Premiership Rugby
Venue: Franklin's Gardens
Referee: Jack Makepeace
Game Type: Away
Fixture Round: 2
Attendance: 12,025
No. Name T C D P
15 George Furbank 2T
14 Tom Collins 1T
13 Fraser Dingwall
12 Rory Hutchinson
11 Taqele Naiyaravoro 1T
10 James Grayson 2C 2P
9 Henry Taylor
1 Alex Waller
2 James Fish
3 Ehren Painter
4 Alex Coles
5 Alex Moon
6 Tom Wood
7 JJ Tonks
8 Teimana Harrison
Replacements
16 Mikey Haywood
17 Ben Franks
18 Karl Garside
19 Lewis Bean
20 Jamie Gibson
21 Connor Tupai
22 Andy Symons
23 Ollie Sleightholme 1T