Joe Batley to start against Bristol Bears

Warriors have called Joe Batley into the starting XV for today’s Gallagher Premiership match against Bristol Bears at Sixways (kick-off 5.15pm).

Batley, who joined from Bristol last summer, will start at blindside flanker in place of Ted Hill who failed a late fitness test on the stiff back that ruled him out of last week’s match against Gloucester Rugby at Kingsholm.

Matt Kvesic will again captain Warriors in Hill’s absence with Tom Dodd added to the matchday squad as a replacement.

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 Joe Batley, 7 Matt Kvesic (C), 8 GJ van Velze.

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