SUMMER signings Duncan Weir and Isaac Miller have been named in the starting line-up for Worcester Warriors' pre-season opener against Benetton at Stadio di Monigo (7.30pm BST).

Director of rugby Alan Solomons has selected a 28-man squad, with new recruits Francois Venter and Scott van Breda included on the bench.

Callum Black could make his first appearance since rejoining the club after being named among the replacements.

Chris Pennell is joined by Dean Hammond and Perry Humphreys in the back three while 18-year-old academy youngster Ollie Lawrence forms a central partnership with Ryan Mills.

Scotland international Weir links up with Springbok Francois Hougaard in the half-back pairing.

Ryan Bower, Joe Taufete’e and Gareth Milasinovich start in the front row with Anton Bresler and Darren Barry in the second row.

Recently-appointed club captain GJ van Velze leads the side from the back row alongside Alafoti Faosiliva and Sam Lewis.


15 Chris Pennell.

14 Perry Humphreys.

13 Ollie Lawrence.

12 Ryan Mills.

11 Dean Hammond.

10 Duncan Weir.

9 Francois Hougaard.

1 Ryan Bower.

2 Isaac Miller.

3 Gareth Milasinovich.

4 Anton Bresler.

5 Darren Barry.

6 Alafoti Faosiliva.

7 Sam Lewis.

8 GJ van Velze (c).


16 Callum Black.

17 Joe Taufete’e.

18 Simon Kerrod.

19 Andrew Kitchener.

20 Pierce Phillips.

21 Matt Cox.

22 Matti Williams.

23 Marco Mama.

24 Jonny Arr.

25 Jamie Shillcock.

26 Tom Howe.

27 Francois Venter.

28 Scott van Breda.