Ten changes as Worcester Warriors tackle Italian job

Worcester News: DEAN SCHOFIELD: Will lead Warriors at Rovigo. DEAN SCHOFIELD: Will lead Warriors at Rovigo.

DEAN Schofield captains Worcester Warriors as they bid to keep their European dreams alive in Italy at Rovigo tomorrow (3pm local time).

Worcester, who currently top Pool Two alongside Perpignan, make 10 changes for the Amlin Challenge Cup encounter at Stadio Mario Battaglini.

Four changes in the backs see Errie Claassens, Andy Short, Nikki Walker and Danny Gray, in his first start of the season, recalled to the starting line-up.

A new-look front row of Matt Mullan, Ollie Hayes and Rob O’Donnell pack down, while Craig Gillies, the club’s leading appearance maker in European competition, partners Schofield in the second row.

Sam Betty retains his place from the Leicester Tigers game but is joined by flanker Jake Abbott and Blair Cowan in the back row.

Youngsters Ben Howard and Max Stelling, who scored a hat-trick against Gernika earlier in the competition, are among the replacements.

Warriors: Claassens; Walker, Clarke, Short, Drauniniu; Gray, Arr; Mullan, Hayes, O’Donnell, Schofield, Gillies, Betty, Abbott, Cowan. Replacements: Lutui, Currie, Andress, Percival, Best, Frost, Stelling, Howard.

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