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Sat 15 Jan 22

Team News | Thomas back to face Toulon

Loosehead prop Marc Thomas will return to action in Warriors’ EPCR Challenge Cup match against Toulon at Sixways on Saturday (kick-off 5.30pm).

Thomas suffered a foot injury in the drawn Gallagher Premiership match against Newcastle Falcons seven weeks ago but has regained fitness and he comes into the starting XV for the visit of the three-times Heineken Champions Cup winners.

Thomas, who fills the gap left by Rory Sutherland who is suspended, is one of three changes to the side that faced Bath Rugby on Sunday.

Lock Matt Garvey comes into the second row in place of the injured Andrew Kitchener in the other change to the pack.

Oli Morris starts in the centre in a swap with Ashley Beck who has been named among the replacements. Both Morris and Garvey came off the bench at Bath.

Scotland tighthead prop Murray McCallum, a recent recruit from Glasgow Warriors, has also been named as a replacement. McCallum made his debut in the Premiership Rugby Cup win over Gloucester Rugby two weeks ago.

Lock Justin Clegg also returns to the matchday squad as a replacement having recovered from a shoulder injury along with Tonga international back-row forward Sione Vailanu.

Vailanu missed the Bath match after he returned a positive Test for COVID-19 but completed his period of isolation earlier this week.

Toulon’s side includes Scotland number eight Cornell du Preez who joined them from Warriors last summer.

Du Preez will start on the blindside flanker for Toulon with former England tighthead prop Kieran Brookes in the front row.

The Toulon Challenge Cup match will be preceded by Warriors Under-18s v Northampton Saints in the Premiership Rugby Under-18 Academy League (kick-off 2.30pm).

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Warriors | 15 Jamie Shillcock, 14 Perry Humphreys, 13 Oli Morris, 12 Francois Venter (CC), 11 Duhan van der Merwe, 10 Fin Smith, 9 Gareth Simpson, 1 Marc Thomas, 2 Niall Annett, 3 Christian Judge, 4 Matt Garvey, 5 Joe Batley, 6 Kyle Hatherell, 7 Ted Hill (CC), 8 Matt Kvesic.

Replacements | 16 Scott Baldwin, 17 Ethan Waller, 18 Murray McCallum, 19 Justin Clegg, 20 Sione Vailanu, 21 Sam Lewis, 22 Will Chudley, 23 Ashley Beck.

Toulon | 15. Aymeric Luc, 14 Jiuta Naqoli Wainiqolo, 13 Rayan Rebbadj, 12 Dorian Laborde, 11 Gabin Villière, 10 Anthony Belleau, 9 Baptiste Serin (C), 1 Jean Baptiste Gros, 2 Michelangelo Sosene-Feagai, 3 Kieran Brookes, 4 Swan Rebbadj, 5 Lopeti Timani, 6 Cornell Du Preez, 7 Raphael Lakafia, 8 Facundo Isa.

Replacements | 16 Anthony Etrillard, 17 Florian Fresia, 18 Beka Gigashvili, 19 Quinn Roux, 20 Julien Ory, 21 Mathieu Smaili, 22 Julien Blanc, 23 Gervais Cordin. 

Competition: EPCR Challenge Cup
Venue: Sixways
Game Type:
Fixture Round:
No. Name T C D P
8 Facundo Isa 1T
7 Raphael Lakafia
6 Cornell du Preez 1T
5 Lopeti Timani 1T
4 Swan Rebbadj
3 Kieran Brookes
2 Mike Sosene-Feagai
15 Aymeric Luc
14 Jiuta Wainiqolo
13 Rayan Rebbadj
12 Dorian Laborde
11 Gabin Villiere 1T
10 Anthony Belleau 4C 2P
9 Baptiste Serin
1 Jean-Baptiste Gros
16 Anthony Etrillard
17 Florian Fresia
18 Beka Gigashvili
19 Quinn Roux
20 Julien Ory
21 Mathieu Smaili
22 Julien Blanc
23 Gervais Cordin