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Sat 06 Mar 21, 5:15pm

Team News | Ted Hill back to captain Warriors

Warriors captain Ted Hill will return to lead the side in Saturday’s Gallagher Premiership match against Bristol Bears at Sixways (kick-off 5.15pm).

The England blindside flanker was a late withdrawal at Gloucester last week because of a stiff back but he will resume his familiar position in the back-row against the league leaders.

Hill is one of three changes to the side with Beck Cutting called up at hooker for his first Premiership start of the season.

Niall Annett rolled an ankle at Gloucester which means that the former Ulster hooker will have to wait a little longer to join Warriors’ 100 Club. Annett has made 99 appearances for the club so far.

There is one change in the back division where Perry Humphreys is recalled on the left wing. Nick David, who scored Warriors’ fastest-ever Premiership try after just 41 seconds at Kingsholm, moves to full-back to accommodate Humphreys.

Fly-half Billy Searle returns to the squad after five weeks out with a gashed thigh muscle which he sustained against Exeter Chiefs.

Searle has been named as a replacement along with back-row forward Cornell du Preez who
was unavailable last week due to Scotland commitments.

But centre Ollie Lawrence is again missing as he has not been released from England’s Guinness Six Nations squad.

Warriors | 15 Nick David, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Oli Morris, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Perry Humphreys, 10 Jamie Shillcock, 9 Francois Hougaard, 1 Ethan Waller, 2 Beck Cutting, 3 Nick Schonert, 4 Andrew Kitchener, 5 Justin Clegg, 6 Ted Hill (C), 7 Matt Kvesic, 8 GJ van Velze.

Replacements | 16 Isaac Miller, 17 Marc Thomas, 18 Richard Palframan, 19 Joe Batley, 20 Cornell du Preez, 21 Michael Heaney, 22 Billy Searle, 23 Ashley Beck.

Unavailable | Niall Annett, Anton Bresler, Matt Cox, Alex Hearle, Noah Heward, Sam Lewis, Marco Mama, Matt Moulds, Melani Nanai, Duncan Weir, Matti Williams. International duty |  Ollie Lawrence.

Bristol Bears | 15 Henry Purdy, 14 Niyi Adeolokun, 13Piers O’Conor, 12 Alapati Leiua, 11 Siva Naulago, 10 Callum Sheedy, 9 Andy Uren,  1 Jake Woolmore, 2 Will Capon, 3 Max Lahiff, 4 Dave Attwood, 5 Joe Joyce, 6 Chris Vui, 7 Fitz Harding, 8 Steven Luatua (C).

Replacements | 16 George Kloska, 17 Yann Thomas, 18 John Afoa, 19 Ed Holmes, 20 Jake Heenan, 21 Tom Kessell, 22 Tiff Eden, 23 Toby Fricker.

  • Warriors v Bristol Bears will be shown live on BT Sport Extra 1
Competition: Gallagher Premiership Rugby
Venue: Sixways
Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys
Game Type: Home
Fixture Round: 12
No. Name T C D P
15 Henry Purdy
14 Niyi Adeolokun
13 Piers O'Conor
12 Alapati Leiua
11 Siva Naulago 3T
10 Callum Sheedy 2C
9 Andy Uren 1T
1 Jake Woolmore
2 Will Capon
3 Max Lahiff
4 Dave Attwood
5 Joe Joyce
6 Chris Vui
7 Fitz Harding
8 Steven Luatua
16 George Kloska
17 Yann Thomas
18 John Afoa
19 Ed Holmes
20 Jake Heenan
21 Tom Kessell
22 Tiff Eden
23 Toby Fricker