WORCESTER Warriors have named a strong side for their Premiership Rugby Cup semi-final with Gloucester on Wednesday night, which includes Scotland and British and Irish Lions winger Duhan van der Merwe.

Van der Merwe suffered a sore rib against Newcastle Falcons four weeks ago but he has recovered and comes into a strong side as Warriors attempt to reach the final of the competition for the first time.

There are 14 players in the matchday 23 who have already played in the competition this season and 11 who are products of the Three Pears Warriors Academy.

One of those players, Noah Heward, returns at full-back having recovered from the head injury he sustained in the first minute of the Newcastle match.

Alex Hearle switches from the wing to the centre, where he will partner Seb Atkinson, and lock James Scott is recalled for his third start in the competition this season.

The side will be captained by loosehead prop Ethan Waller who will have hooker Isaac Miller and tighthead prop Jack Owlett alongside him for the first time in the front row.

South Africa international centre Francois Venter, who returned after a three-month lay-off with calf injury against Wasps on Saturday, is named among the replacements.

England Under-18s lock Harvey Cuckson has also been named among the replacements although a late call will be made on whether he or Kyle Hatherell will fill that. 

Warriors | 15 Noah Heward, 14 Tom Howe, 13 Alex Hearle, 12 Seb Atkinson, 11 Duhan van der Merwe, 10 Fin Smith, 9 Gareth Simpson, 1 Ethan Waller (C), 2 Isaac Miller, 3 Jack Owlett, 4 Andrew Kitchener, 5 James Scott, 6 Jack Forsythe, 7 Sam Lewis, 8 Sione Vailanu.

Replacements | 16 Niall Annett, 17 Kai Owen, 18 Christian Judge, 19 Graham Kitchener, 20 Kyle Hatherell or Harvey Cuckson, 21 Ollie Wynn, 22 Jamie Shillcock, 23 Francois Venter.