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Sat 19 Mar 22

Team News | Howe to bring up his half-century at Exeter

Wing Tom Howe will make his 50th appearance for Warriors in Saturday’s Premiership Rugby Cup match against Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park (kick-off 3.00pm).

Howe joined Warriors from Wasps in the summer of 2017 and he has been a prolific try-scorer since he arrived at Sixways, running in 28 in his first 49 games.

Howe will start in a side that shows 13 changes to the one that beat Exeter 35-31 in the Gallagher Premiership at Sixways last Saturday. There are 15 current or recent graduates of the Three Pears Warriors Academy in the matchday 23.

Wing Alex Hearle, who scored a hat-trick of tries last week, and centre Oli Morris retain their places with Kai Owen, Justin Clegg and Jack Forsythe, who all came off the bench in the league game, named as starters this week.

Jamie Shillcock returns to action after a month out with an ankle injury and he will start at fly-half with lock James Scott and back-row forward Caleb Montgomery making their seasonal debuts.

Scott had a spell on loan with Hartpury in the Championship earlier this season while Montgomery has been recalled from a similar arrangement with Cornish Pirates.

Hooker Joe Richardson, who has spent much of the season on loan at Coventry, and lock Cheick Kone are both set to make their debuts off the bench.

Richardson has been included in the senior squad for the first time while Kone was an unused replacement in Warriors’ last match in the competition against Gloucester Rugby in December.

Lekima Ravuvu, a Fijian back-row forward who is spending this month on trial at Sixways, will make his debut at number eight having been registered by Warriors. Ravuvu, who previously played for Naitasiri in Fiji, is currently serving in the British army.

There are also two loan players in the matchday squad with Morgan Bunting of Nottingham named as the starting full-back, and Iestyn Galton of Hartpury College and Hornets proving back three cover off the bench.

Warriors | 15 Morgan Bunting, 14 Alex Hearle, 13 Oli Morris, 12 Seb Atkinson, 11 Tom Howe, 10 Jamie Shillcock, 9 Will Chudley (C), 1 Kai Owen, 2 Beck Cutting, 3 Jay Tyack, 4 James Scott, 5 Justin Clegg, 6 Caleb Montgomery, 7 Jack Forsythe, 8 Lekima Ravuvu.

Replacements | 16 Joe Richardson, 17 Lewis Holsey, 18 Ben Murphy, 19 Cheick Kone, 20 Isaac Miller, 21 Ollie Wynn, 22 Tom Miles, 23 Iestyn Galton.

Exeter Chiefs | 15 Dan John, 14 Arthur Relton, 13 Sean O’Brien, 12 Tom Hitchcock, 11 Facundo Cordero, 10 Jack Walsh, 9 Stu Townsend (C), 1 Billy Keast, 2 Max Norey, 3 Josh Iosefa-Scott, 4 Will Witty, 5 Cory Teague, 6 Santiago Grondona, 7 Lewis Pearson, 8 Sam Prior.

Replacements | 16 Jordon Poole, 17 James Kenny, 18 Marcus Street, 19 Sam Leworthy, 20 Danny Southworth, 21 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne
22 Iwan Jenkins, 23 Frankie Nowell.

Competition: Premiership Rugby Cup
Venue: Sandy Park
Game Type:
Fixture Round:
No. Name T C D P
8 Sam Prior
7 Lewis Pearson
6 Santiago Grondona
5 Cory Teague
4 Will Witty
3 Josh Iosefa-Scott 1T
2 Max Norey 3T
15 Dan John
14 Arthur Relton
13 Sean O'Brien
12 Tom Hitchcock
11 Facundo Cordero
10 Jack Walsh 3C
9 Stu Townsend
1 Billy Keast
16 Jordon Poole
17 James Kenny
18 Marcus Street
19 Sam Leworthy
20 Danny Southworth 1T
21 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne
22 Iwan Jenkins
23 Frankie Nowell
No. Name T C D P
8 Lekima Ravuvu
7 Jack Forsythe
6 Caleb Montgomery
5 Justin Clegg
4 James Scott
3 Jay Tyack
2 Beck Cutting
15 Morgan Bunting
14 Alex Hearle 1T
13 Oli Morris
12 Sebastien Atkinson
11 Tom Howe 1T
10 James Shillcock 3C 1P
9 Will Chudley 1T
1 Kai Owen
16 Joseph Richardson
17 Lewis Holsey
18 Benjamin Murphy
19 Cheick Kone
20 Isaac Miller 1T
21 Oliver Wynn
22 Tom Miles
23 Iestyn Galton