Worcester Warriors get double Lions boost as they face Wasps
Loosehead Sutherland has recovered from the side muscle injury that kept him out of Scotland’s Autumn Nations Series matches and will make his first Warriors start since October 22.
Wing van der Merwe, who was forced to drop out of last weekend’s 0-0 draw with Newcastle at Kingston Park because of a strained neck sustained while on international duty, has also regained fitness. The 6’4, 106kg winger will start against Wasps as one of six changes to the lineup.
In the second row Graham Kitchener returns in place of his younger brother Andrew
Lee Blackett has named his side to travel to Sixways to face Worcester Warriors in Gallagher Premiership Round 10 on Saturday.
There are four personnel changes and one positional switch from Wasps’ last game against Gloucester.
Marcus Watson returns at full back, after being a late withdrawal against the Cherry and Whites.
WORCESTER WARRIORS: 15 Jamie Shillcock, 14 Melani Nanai, 13 Francois Venter (CC), 12 Ashley Beck, 11 Duhan van der Merwe, 10 Fin Smith, 9 Gareth Simpson, 1 Rory Sutherland, 2 Niall Annett, 3 Christian Judge, 4 Matt Garvey, 5 Graham Kitchener, 6 Kyle Hatherell, 7 Ted Hill (CC), 8 Sione Vailanu.
WASPS: 15 Marcus Watson, 14 Zach Kibirige, 13 Alex McHenry, 12 Jimmy Gopperth, 11 Josh Bassett, 10 Jacob Umaga, 9 Will Porter, 1 Robin Hislop, 2 Dan Frost, 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 4 Vaea Fifita, 5 Elliott Stooke, 6 Brad Shields, 7 Thomas Young, 8 Tom Willis
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