THERE have been six changes to the Worcester Warriors side that were thrashed 48-3 at home to Leicester Tigers last weekend for Friday night's Gallagher Premiership trip to Northampton Saints (7.45pm kick-off).

Rising star fly-half Fin Smith starts at 10 at Franklin's Gardens in place of Billy Searle, who drops out of the match day 23.

Smith, a product of the Three Pears Academy, was recalled from his loan spell with Championship club Ampthill following the injury to Owen Williams - who is expected to be out injured until next year.

Willi Heinz joins Smith as the half-back pairing and will start at nine after missing the game last weekend due to injury.

Hooker Niall Annett, who was not involved last weekend because of the birth of his baby daughter Lottie, comes back into the starting 15, taking the place of Scott Baldwin.

Graham Kitchener packs down with brother Andrew for his first start of the season and Matt Kvesic comes back into the side at number eight.

The other change sees Jamie Shillock back at full-back, with Harri Doel switching back to the wing.

Warriors | 15 Jamie Shillcock, 14 Harri Doel, 13 Ollie Lawrence, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Duhan van der Merwe, 10 Fin Smith, 9 Willi Heinz (C), 1 Rory Sutherland, 2 Niall Annett, 3 Christian Judge, 4 Andrew Kitchener, 5 Graham Kitchener, 6 Kyle Hatherell, 7 Sam Lewis, 8 Matt Kvesic.

Replacements | 16 Scott Baldwin, 17 Ethan Waller, 18 Jack Owlett, 19 Joe Batley, 20 Sione Vailanu, 21 Will Chudley, 22 Oli Morris, 23 Noah Heward.

Unavailable owing to injury or illness | Ashley Beck, Beck Cutting, Justin Clegg, Perry Humphreys, Melani Nanai, Owen Williams, Melani Nanai.