27 - 33HT 20 - 12

Att 6,938
Fri 17 Jan 20, 8:00pm

Warriors name team for Castres shoot-out

Ollie Lawrence, Warriors’ hat-trick hero in last week’s win over Enisei-STM, will start in Friday’s final European Rugby Challenge Cup Pool One match against Castres at Sixways (kick-off 8.00pm).

Lawrence ran in his three tries in a devastating ten minute spell in the first half against Enisei which set Warriors up for a 66-10 and a shoot-out with Castres for a place in the quarter-finals.

Lawrence will partner in-form Wales international Ashley Beck against Castres, the first time the pair have started together in the centre since the victory over Stade Francais in Paris in this competition in October 2018. Ryan Mills misses out because of a bruised foot.

Lawrence is one of five players – Jamie Shillcock, Nick David, Ethan Waller and Marco Mama are the others – who started against Enisei who will do the same against Castres although Shillcock will move to full-back from fly-half.

Scotland international fly-half Duncan Weir and wing Perry Humphreys return from injury and Cornell du Preez, who has been recalled by Scotland for the Guinness Six Nations, is also back at number eight.

South Africa centre Francois Venter is set to make his first appearance since November 30 as a replacement following his recovery from an ankle injury.

GJ van Velze will make his 99th appearance if he comes off the bench.

Warriors need to win with a bonus point to guarantee a place in the quarter-finals and avoid a more complicated series of qualification calculations.


15 Jamie Shillcock
14 Perry Humphreys
13 Ollie Lawrence
12 Ashley Beck
11 Nick David
10 Duncan Weir
9 Michael Heaney
1  Ethan Waller
2 Matt Moulds (C)
3 Nick Schonert
4 Anton Bresler
5 Graham Kitchener
6 Ted Hill
7 Marco Mama
8 Cornell du Preez

16 Joe Taufete’e
17 Ryan Bower
18 Richard Palframan
19 Andrew Kitchener
20 GJ van Velze
21 Jono Kitto
22 Francois Venter
23 Chris Pennell

Not considered because of injury: Niall Annett, Callum Black Justin Clegg, Conor Carey, Michael Fatialofa,  Dean Hammond, Alex Hearle, Francois Hougaard, Tom Howe, Sam Lewis, Ryan Mills, Caleb Montgomery, Joe Morris, Oli Morris, Farai Mudariki, Melani Nanai, Matti Williams.

Castres Olympique | 15 Geoffrey Palis, 14 Filipo Nakosi, 13 Florian Vialelle, 12 Robert Ebersohn, 11 Taylor Paris, 10 Thomas Fortunel, 9 Rory Kockott (C), 1 Matthew Tierney, 2 Kevin Firmin, 3 Wilfrid Hounkpatin, 4 Christophe Samson, 5 Hans N’kinsi, 6 Camille Gerondeau, 7 Anthony Jelonch, 8 Alex Tulou.

Replacements | 16 Jody Jenneker, 17 Wayan De Benedittis, 18 Daniel Kotze, 19 Kevin Gimeno, 20 Baptiste Delaporte, 21 Ludovic Radosavljevic, 22 Yann David, 23 Julien Dumora.


Competition: Challenge Cup
Venue: Sixways
Referee: Ben Blain
Game Type: Home
Fixture Round: 6
Attendance: 6,938
No. Name T C D P
15 Geoffrey Palis
14 Filipo Nakosi
13 Florian Vialelle
12 Robert Ebersohn
11 Taylor Paris
10 Thomas Fortunel
9 Rory Kockott 3T 4C
1 Matt Tierney
2 Kevin Firmin
3 Wilfrid Hounkpatin 1T
4 Christophe Samson
5 Hans Nkinsi
6 Camile Gerondeau
7 Anthony Jelonch
8 Alex Tulou
16 Jody Jenneker
17 Wayan de Benedittis
18 Dan Kotze
19 Kevin Gimeno
20 Baptiste Delaporte 1T
21 Ludovic Radosavijevic
22 Yann David
23 Julien Dumora