7th Mar, 2021

Perry returns for first time since Premiership resumption

Rob George 29th Sep, 2020

WING Perry Humphreys will return to action for the first time since the 2019/20 Gallagher Premiership season resumed against Saracens at Sixways on Wednesday (kick-off 5.30pm).

Humphreys suffered an ankle injury in an inter squad training match a week before the season resumed in August and aggravated it in training earlier this month.

But he has now regained full fitness and replaces Tom Howe, who suffered a knee injury at London Irish, as one of four changes to the starting XV.

Ollie Lawrence, who scored two tries when he came on as a replacement against Irish, starts in place of Francois Venter who has been ruled out by a hamstring problem.

Billy Searle will start at fly-half with Justin Clegg called up into the second row in place of Graham Kitchener who is recovering from a stress fracture of the foot.

Humphreys will become the 44th player used by Warriors since the resumption and that number is likely to increase to 46 by the end of the Saracens match.

Former Bristol Bears lock Joe Batley is set to make his delayed Warriors debut as a replacement having overcome the foot injury he sustained last month.

Back-row forward Marco Mama, whose last appearance came at Leicester in late February, is also named as a replacement following his recovery from a groin injury.

Loosehead prop Callum Black will make his 99th appearance if he comes off the bench.

Warriors | 15 Melani Nanai, 14 Perry Humphreys, 13 Ollie Lawrence, 12 Ashley Beck, 11 Noah Heward, 10 Billy Searle, 9 Francois Hougaard, 1 Ethan Waller, 2 Niall Annett, 3 Nick Schonert, 4 Anton Bresler, 5 Justin Clegg, 6 Ted Hill (C), 7 Matt Kvesic, 8 Cornell du Preez.

Replacements | 16 Beck Cutting, 17 Callum Black, 18 Richard Palframan, 19 Joe Batley, 20 Marco Mama, 21 Gareth Simpson, 22 Duncan Weir, 23 Chris Pennell.

Unavailable | Will Butler, Conor Carey, Lewis Holsey, Tom Howe, Andrew Kitchener, Graham Kitchener, Sam Lewis, Morgan Monks, Caleb Montgomery, Matt  Moulds, GJ van Velze, Francois Venter.



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