THE experienced Chris Pennell and Jono Lance have been recalled to the first XV for Worcester Warriors' Gallagher Premiership match against Northampton Saints at Sixways on Friday night (7.45pm).

Ex-England international Pennell returns at full-back and Lance comes in at fly-half in place of Duncan Weir who is in Scotland’s squad for their last two Guinness Six Nations matches.

Sam Lewis starts on the openside flank as Marco Mama suffered a foot injury against Leicester and has been ruled out for around five weeks.

Brothers Graham and Andrew Kitchener will start together for the first time in a Premiership encounter.

The locks were on opposing sides when Warriors faced Leicester in a Premiership Rugby Cup match in November 2018 but have become team-mates since Graham, the elder brother, rejoined Warriors from Tigers last summer.

The Kitcheners played together for the first time in a Premiership Rugby Cup clash with Exeter Chiefs in October and have figured in parts of Warriors’ last two Premiership matches alongside each other in the second row after Andrew replaced Anton Bresler.

Bresler failed a head injury assessment at Leicester last Saturday and will miss the Northampton match but Graham, who also took a knock to the head at Welford Road, has come through the concussion protocols.

Young back row Tom Dodd is in line to make his Premiership debut off the bench having started in three European Challenge Cup matches this season.

Dodd, who recently signed his first senior contract with Warriors, is one of three members of the academy in the squad to face Saints along with wing Nick David and replacement loosehead prop Kai Owen.

Northampton director of rugby Chris Boyd has made five changes as they look for an eighth win out of the last nine meetings between the sides.

Tom Collins returns to the wing and ex-Warriors back Andrew Symons is drafted into the centres with Rory Hutchinson moving outside him into the number 13 jersey.

James Grayson steps back in at fly-half and hooker Mikey Haywood is selected to pack down.

Lewis Ludlam returns from England duty to partner another former Warrior in Tom Wood at flanker.

Warriors: Pennell; Humphreys, Lawrence, Mills, David; Lance, Hougaard; Waller, Moulds, Schonert, A Kitchener, G Kitchener, Hill, Lewis, du Preez. Replacements: Annett, Owen, Palframan, van Velze, Dodd, Heaney, Shillcock, van Breda.

Not considered because of injury or illness: Beck, Bresler, Black, Clegg, Carey, Cox, Fatialofa, Fidow, Hammond, Hearle, Mama, J Morris, Nanai, Venter.

Saints: Mallinder; Collins, Hutchinson, Symons, Naiyaravoro; Grayson, Reinach; van Wyk, Haywood, Hill, Coles, Bean, Wood, Ludlam, Harrison. Replacements: Matavesi, B Franks, O Franks, Glynn, Tonks, Taylor, Dingwall, Tuala.

Referee: Andrew Jackson.