Schofield and Senatore start for Warriors

DEAN SCHOFIELD: The experienced forward returns to the starting line-up.

DEAN SCHOFIELD: The experienced forward returns to the starting line-up.

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DEAN Schofield and Leonardo Senatore return to the starting line-up for Warriors' Aviva Premiership clash at Northampton Saints tomorrow (3pm).

Schofield comes in at lock, while Senatore is named at flanker as director of rugby Dean Ryan makes just two changes to the side which almost defeated Leicester Tigers last Friday.

The front row sees Ofa Fainga'anuku, Agustin Creevy and John Andress keep their places and the back-line also remains unchanged.

Jonny Arr and Ravai Fatiaki, who have both signed new contracts at Warriors today, will start at scrum-half and centre respectively.

The replacements see Chris Brooker, Richard de Carpentier and Dean Hammond all return to the squad.

Ryan said: "The short-term aim for us is to get this group at its best and see if we can compete because we're desperate to fight the challenge of relegation.

"We did a pretty good job against Northampton for 65 minutes when they came to Sixways earlier this season.

"Since then we've proved that as a group we are able to last longer and hopefully we can make things difficult.

"A lot of people did themselves a lot of credit against Leicester last week so they deserve to roll again.

"Saints have huge resources. They've got academy players that step up to Premiership level when players are away on international duty.”

Warriors: Pennell; Drauniniu, Grove, Fatiaki, Lemi; Warwick, Arr; Fainga'anuku, Creevy, Andress, Schofield, Galarza, Senatore, Betty, Thomas. Replacements: Brooker, Porter, O'Donnell, Percival, de Carpentier, Hodgson, Mieres, Hammond.

Saints: Wilson; K Pisi, G Pisi, Stephenson, Elliott; Myler, Dickson; A Waller, Haywood, Ma'afu, Manoa, Dickinson, Clark, Dowson, Van Velze. Replacements: McMillan, E Waller, Denman, Nutley, Harrison, Fotuali'i, Hooley, Autagavaia.


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