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Sat 12 Mar 22

Team News | Seven changes for Exeter Chiefs clash

Warriors welcome back Scotland international prop Murray McCallum, hooker Niall Annett and lock Graham Kitchener for Saturday’s Gallagher Premiership match against Exeter Chiefs at Sixways (kick-off 2.30pm).

The trio all missed last week’s trip to London Irish because of illness but are back to full health and all start against Exeter.

They are among seven changes to the starting XV with Oli Morris recalled to partner Ashley Beck in the centre and Alex Hearle on the left wing.

Hearle replaces Duhan van der Merwe who would have been on Six Nations duty with Scotland had he not been suspended following his sending-off last week.

Fin Smith returns at fly-half to form a new half-back partnership with the experienced former England scrum-half Willi Heinz.

In the pack, Joe Batley switches from the blindside flank to the second row to partner Kitchener whose younger brother Andrew has been ruled out by a head injury.

Captain Ted Hill moves to blindside from openside with former England back-row Matt Kvesic, who came off the bench last week, wearing the number seven shirt against his former club.

Harri Doel is added to the matchday squad as a replacement, covering the back three positions.

Loosehead prop Kai Owen, who was a late call-up last week after McCallum’s withdrawal, has retained his place in the squad as a replacement.

Warriors | 15 Noah Heward, 14 Perry Humphreys, 13 Oli Morris, 12 Ashley Beck, 11 Alex Hearle, 10 Fin Smith, 9 Willi Heinz, 1 Murray McCallum, 2 Niall Annett, 3 Christian Judge, 4 Joe Batley, 5 Graham Kitchener, 6 Ted Hill (C), 7 Matt Kvesic, 8 Sione Vailanu.

Replacements | 16 Isaac Miller, 17 Kai Owen, 18 Jack Owlett, 19, Justin Clegg, 20 Jack Forsythe, 21 Gareth Simpson, 22 Billy Searle, 23 Harri Doel.

Exeter Chiefs | 15 Josh Hodge, 14 Olly Woodburn, 13 Ian Whitten, 12 Tom Hendrickson, 11 Tom O’Flaherty, 10 Joe Simmonds (C), 9 Sam Maunder, 1 Alec Hepburn, 2 Jack Innard, 3 Harry Williams, 4 Jannes Kirsten, 5 Don Armand, 6 Dave Ewers, 7 Jacques Vermeulen, 8 Santiago Grondona.

Replacements | 16 Max Norey, 17 James Kenny, 18 Patrick Schickerling, 19 Will Witty, 20 Richard Capstick, 21 Jack Maunder, 22 Harvey Skinner, 22 Facundo Cordero.

Competition: Gallagher Premiership
Venue: Sixways
Game Type:
Fixture Round:
No. Name T C D P
8 Santiago Grondona 1T
7 Jacques Vermeulen
6 Dave Ewers 1T
5 Don Armand
4 Jannes Kirsten
3 Harry Williams
2 Jack Innard 1T
15 Josh Hodge
14 Olly Woodburn
13 Ian Whitten
12 Tom Hendrickson
11 Tom O'Flaherty 1T
10 Joe Simmonds 3C
9 Sam Maunder
1 Alec Hepburn
16 Max Norey 1T
17 James Kenny
18 Patrick Schickerling
19 Will Witty
20 Richard Capstick
21 Jack Maunder
22 Harvey Skinner
23 Facundo Cordero