FIT-AGAIN Will Spencer has been named in the starting line-up for Worcester Warriors' Aviva Premiership clash with Bath on Friday night (7.45pm).

The big lock, who has overcome a back problem to face his former club, is the only change from the side that picked up a bonus point from their 46-31 defeat at Saracens last weekend.

In the back three, Josh Adams looks to continue his hot scoring streak after having crossed in each of his last six Premiership appearances.

He sits just two behind Mark Cueto who holds the record, having scored in eight straight games.

With nine league tries to his name, Adams is also just one shy of becoming Warriors’ highest-ever try-scorer in a Premiership season as he gets set to overtake Miles Benjamin and Cooper Vuna.

The Welshman is joined in the back three by powerful Kiwi winger Bryce Heem and full-back Chris Pennell.

Ryan Mills, who signed a long-term deal with the club earlier this week, is joined by Jackson Willison in the centre, while Springbok star Francois Hougaard partners Sam Olver in the half-back combination.

Ethan Waller, Jack Singleton and Gareth Milasinovich start in the front row while captain Donncha O’Callaghan and Spencer get the nod in the second row.

Former Bath forward David Denton starts against his old club in the back row alongside Sam Lewis and GJ van Velze.

Joe Taufete'e is back in the squad among the replacements.

The last time the sides met at Sixways back in April, the hosts ran out 25-19 winners with Spencer, Adams and Wynand Olivier crossing the whitewash.

Rhys Priestland will make his 50th appearance for Bath as he starts at fly-half alongside Chris Cook, who returns to the starting line-up in the number nine jersey.

Ben Tapuai takes his place at inside centre alongside Jonathan Joseph in the midfield as Aled Brew, Jack Wilson and Anthony Watson continue in the back three positions for the trip.

Beno Obano, Tom Dunn and Henry Thomas, who were all part of Eddie Jones’s England training camp earlier this week, start in the front row.

James Phillips and Worcester-born Elliott Stooke form the second-row combination with Matt Garvey captaining the team at blindside flanker.

Paul Grant and Zach Mercer complete an unchanged back row.


15 Chris Pennell.

14 Bryce Heem.

13 Jackson Willison.

12 Ryan Mills.

11 Josh Adams.

10 Sam Olver.

9 Francois Hougaard.

1 Ethan Waller.

2 Jack Singleton.

3 Gareth Milasinovich.

4 Donncha O’Callaghan (C).

5 Will Spencer.

6 David Denton.

7 Sam Lewis.

8 GJ van Velze.


16 Joe Taufete’e.

17 Ryan Bower.

18 Simon Kerrod.

19 Darren Barry.

20 Alafoti Faosiliva.

21 Michael Dowsett.

22 Jamie Shillcock.

23 Perry Humphreys.


15 Anthony Watson.

14 Jack Wilson.

13 Jonathan Joseph.

12 Ben Tapuai.

11 Aled Brew.

10 Rhys Priestland.

9 Chris Cook.

1 Beno Obano.

2 Tom Dunn.

3 Henry Thomas.

4 James Phillips.

5 Elliott Stooke.

6 Matt Garvey (c).

7 Paul Grant.

8 Zach Mercer.


16 Michael van Vuuren.

17 Lucas Noguera.

18 Max Lahiff.

19 Levi Douglas.

20 Josh Bayliss.

21 Kahn Fotuali’i.

22 Freddie Burns.

23 James Wilson.