Team News | Van Der Merwe back for Falcons visit

Scotland and British and Irish Lions wing Duhan van der Merwe will make his first appearance of the season for Warriors in Saturday’s Gallagher Premiership against Newcastle Falcons at Sixways (3pm).

Van der Merwe has recovered from the quadriceps injury that ruled him out of the first three Premiership matches of the season and comes straight into the starting XV with Alex Hearle switching from the left wing to the right.

Van der Merwe is one of three changes to the side with Billy Searle returning at fly-half in place of Owen Williams and Jay Tyack making his first start of the season at tighthead prop.

Murray McCallum will switch to the loosehead to accommodate Tyack in the only change to the pack.

Props Kai Owen and Jack Owlett, lock Graham Kitchener and centre Oli Morris, who all started in Wednesday’s Premiership Rugby Cup match at Gloucester have all been named as replacements.

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Warriors | 15 Jamie Shillcock, 14 Alex Hearle, 13 Ollie Lawrence, 12 Francois Venter (C), 11 Duhan van der Merwe, 10 Billy Searle, 9 Gareth Simpson, 1 Murray McCallum, 2 Curtis Langdon, 3 Jay Tyack, 4 Joe Batley, 5 Andrew Kitchener, 6 Fergus Lee-Warner, 7 Cameron Neild, 8 Tom Dodd.

Replacements | 16 Hame Faiva, 17 Kai Owen, 18 Jack Owlett, 19 Graham Kitchener, 20 Matt Kvesic, 21 Will Chudley, 22 Oli Morris, 23 Noah Heward.

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