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cinch Stadium at Franklin's Gardens
Fri 22 Oct 21

Team News | Niall Annett, Graham Kitchener and Fin Smith to start at Northampton

Hooker Niall Annett, lock Graham Kitchener and fly-half Fin Smith will make their first starts of the season for Warriors in Friday’s Gallagher Premiership match against Northampton Saints at Franklin’s Gardens (kick-off 7.45pm).

Annett returns to the squad having withdrawn from last weekend’s match against Leicester Tigers to be with his wife, Claire, at the birth of their child.

Baby Lottie arrived on Sunday and Annett returns from his new paternal commitments in the middle of Warriors’ front row as one of six changes to the starting XV.

Kitchener partners his younger brother Andrew in the second row as Justin Clegg has been ruled out by a shoulder injury.

Smith, who helped England win the Under-20s Grand Slam in Cardiff during the summer, starts having made his season debut off the bench against Leicester.

Smith spent the early weeks of the season at Ampthill in the RFU Championship where he was under the tutelage of former Wales fly-half Paul Turner.

Smith forms a new half-back partnership with the experienced Willi Heinz, who returns from injury and will captain Warriors for the first time.

The other changes are in the back row where Matt Kvesic starts at number eight and at full-back where Jamie Shillcock returns from injury with Harri Doel switching to the right wing.

Noah Heward has recovered from the quadriceps injury he sustained at Exeter Chiefs two weeks ago and is named among the replacements along with tighthead prop Jack Owlett.

Warriors | 15 Jamie Shillcock, 14 Harri Doel, 13 Ollie Lawrence, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Duhan van der Merwe, 10 Fin Smith, 9 Willi Heinz (C), 1 Rory Sutherland, 2 Niall Annett, 3 Christian Judge, 4 Andrew Kitchener, 5 Graham Kitchener, 6 Kyle Hatherell, 7 Sam Lewis, 8 Matt Kvesic.

Replacements | 16 Scott Baldwin, 17 Ethan Waller, 18 Jack Owlett, 19 Joe Batley, 20 Sione Vailanu, 21 Will Chudley, 22 Oli Morris, 23 Noah Heward.

Unavailable owing to injury or illness | Ashley Beck, Beck Cutting, Justin Clegg, Perry Humphreys, Melani Nanai, Owen Williams, Melani Nanai.

Northampton Saints | 15 Tommy Freeman, 14 Ollie Sleightholme, 13 Fraser Dingwall, 12 Rory Hutchinson, 11 Courtnall Skosan,
10 Dan Biggar, 9 Alex Mitchell, 1 Alex Waller, 2 Sam Matavesi, 3 Paul Hill, 4 David Ribbans, 5 Api Ratuniyarawa, 6 Courtney Lawes, 7 Lewis Ludlam (C), 8 Teimana Harrison.

Replacements | 16 Mike Haywood, 17 Emmanuel Iyogun, 18 Ehren Painter, 19 Tom Wood, 20 Juarno Augustus, 21 Frank Lomani, 22 Piers Francis, 23 Alex Coles.

Competition: Gallagher Premiership
Venue: cinch Stadium at Franklin's Gardens
Game Type:
Fixture Round:
No. Name T C D P
8 Teimana Harrison
7 Lewis Ludlam
6 Courtney Lawes
5 Api Ratuniyarawa 1T
4 David Ribbans
3 Paul Hill
2 Sam Matavesi
15 Tommy Freeman 2T
14 Ollie Sleightholme
13 Fraser Dingwall
12 Rory Hutchinson 1T
11 Courtnall Skosan 3T
10 Dan Biggar 1T 7C
9 Alex Mitchell 2T
1 Alex Waller
16 Mike Haywood
17 Emmanuel Iyogun
18 Ehren Painter
19 Tom Wood
20 Juarno Augustus
21 Frank Lomani
22 Piers Francis 1C
23 Alex Coles