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Worcester Warriors scrum-half starts against his old side
12:32pm Friday 22nd March 2013 in Sport
SCRUM-half Paul Hodgson faces his former club for the first time since moving to Sixways as Worcester Warriors play London Irish at the Madejski Stadium in the Aviva Premiership tomorrow (3pm).
The 30-year-old racked up more than 150 appearances for Irish before opting for a fresh challenge last summer and will aim to help Warriors complete a league double over the team one place below them in the table.
Head coach Richard Hill has named one change in his pack as John Andress comes in at tighthead prop for Euan Murray.
The Sixways side are bolstered by the return of fit-again Chris Jones and Semisi Taulava among the replacements.
The duo, out of action since January, add crucial firepower as Warriors search for their first victory at the Reading stadium since 2005.
Second row George Skivington will captain Irish in their St Patrick’s Party match, while Jonathan Joseph has recovered from injury to be named as a replacement.
Warriors: Pennell; Drauniniu, Grove, Clarke, Lemi; Goode, Hodgson; Mullan, Shervington, Andress, Percival, Schofield, Best, Kvesic, Cowan. Replacements: Lutui, Ceri Jones, Murray, Chris Jones, Taulava, Arr, Gray, Matavesi.
Irish: Homer; Ojo, Armitage, Geraghty, Yarde; Humphreys, Phibbs; Lahiff, Paice, Aulika, Skivington, Evans, Garvey, Treviranus, Hala'ufia. Replacements: Lawson, Yanuyanutawa, Halavatau, Gibson, Fisher, Tagicakibau, Joseph, Moates.