Paul Warwick given the nod at fly-half for Worcester Warriors' vital London Irish trip

Worcester News: Warwick given the nod at fly-half for vital Irish trip Warwick given the nod at fly-half for vital Irish trip

PAUL Warwick has been named at fly-half ahead of Warriors’ vital Aviva Premiership trip to London Irish tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).

The Australian is set for his first league start in over two months as director of rugby Dean Ryan makes just two changes to the side which hosted Saracens last weekend.

Centre Ravai Fatiaki will partner Alex Grove in midfield after Andy Symons was sidelined by a broken collar bone.

Warriors are also boosted by the return of Jonny Arr, Josh Matavesi and Ed Shervington, who are named amongst the replacements.

Ofa Fainga'anuku, Chris Brooker and Rob O'Donnell line up in the front row, while James Percival and Mariano Galarza slot into the second row.

In the back row, Richard de Carpentier, Sam Betty and Leonardo Senatore all keep their places.

Ryan said: "In the last five or six games we have been consistently competitive against significant opposition.

"Hopefully, we can get the outcome we all desire and then other teams will have to learn how to cope under pressure.

"We're missing one or two players but we have others back, so it's about getting the continuity of people.

"But if we do lose people, we go to the next one and we move on. And that's been a radical shift to the way this group have seen seasons before.”

Warriors: Pennell; Stephenson, Grove, Fatiaki, Drauniniu; Warwick, Su'a; Fainga'anuku, Brooker, O'Donnell, Percival, Galarza, de Carpentier, Betty, Senatore. Replacements: Shervington, Porter, Andress, Jones, Taulava, Arr, Mieres, Matavesi.

Irish: O'Connor; Ojo, Mulchrone, Sheridan, Tagicakibau; Geraghty, O'Leary; Yapp, Mayhew, Halavatau, Skivington, Rouse, Low Cowan, Treviranus. Replacements: Stevens, Parr, Hagan, Sinclair, Danaher, Lewington, Humphreys, Hoadley.

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