Team news | Fidow to make Warriors debut

Samoa international wing Ed Fidow will make his debut for Warriors in Saturday’s Gallagher Premiership match against Harlequins at The Stoop (kick-off 3pm).

Fidow was signed from French Pro-D2 club Provence during the summer and joined Warriors for the first half of  pre-season training.

Fidow was then called up Samoa for the Rugby World Cup in Japan where he started all four of their pool matches.

Having returned to Sixways last month, Fidow has been given time to familiarise with Warriors’ attack and defence systems but has now been named in a new look backline for his debut.

With full-back Chris Pennell (lacerated thigh), centre Ryan Mills (shoulder) and fly-half Duncan Weir (hand) ruled by injuries Warriors have called up South Africa centre Francois Venter and full-back Jamie Shillcock for their first Premiership starts of the season.

Venter, who missed the first month of the season because of a calf injury, will form a new centre pairing with Wales international Ashley Beck.

Shillcock will make his first Premiership appearance in 11 months and his first start in the competition since April 2018.

Warriors have made two changes to the front row with Ethan Waller recalled at loosehead prop and Richard Palframan given a starting berth at tighthead following his summer move from London Scottish.

Jono Lance, who replaces Weir at fly-half, will captain the side in the absence of Mills who had been acting captain. Club captain GJ van Velze is named as a replacement.


Warriors

15 Jamie Shillcock
14 Melani Nanai
13 Francois Venter
12 Ashley Beck
11 Ed Fidow
10 Jono Lance (C)
9 Michael Heaney
1 Ethan Waller
2 Niall Annett
3 Richard Palframan
4 Anton Bresler
5 Graham Kitchener
6 Ted Hill
7 Sam Lewis
8 Cornell Du Preez

Replacements
16 Joe Taufete’e
17 Callum Black
18 Conor Carey
19 Michael Fatialofa
20 GJ Van Velze
21 Jono Kitto
22 Ollie Lawrence
23 Perry Humphreys

Not considered for selection due to injury |  Will Butler, Alex Hearle, Francois Hougaard,  Marco Mama, Ryan Mills, Caleb Montgomery, Matt Moulds, Farai Mudariki, Chris Pennell, Nick Schonert & Duncan Weir.

Harlequins team
1 Santiago Garcia Botta, 2 Elia Elia, 3 Will Collier, 4 Glen Young, 5 Tevita Cavubati, 6 James Chisholm, 7 Will Evans, 8 Alex Dombrandt, 9 Martin Landajo, 10 Marcus Smith, 11 Gabriel Ibitoye, 12 Francis Saili, 13 James Lang, 14 Cadan Murley, 15 Ross Chisholm
Replacements
16 Scott Baldwin, 17 Nick Auterac, 18 Simon Kerrod, 19 Dino Lamb, 20 Tom Lawday, 21 Niall Saunders, 22 Michele Campagnaro, 23 Vereniki Goneva