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- 25th Apr 2009
- KO 15:00
- Ground: Sixways Stadium
- Att: 11,241
Worcester v Exiles: Teams
At Sixways Stadium, Saturday, April 25, kick-off 3pm
Scrum-half Matt Powell will skipper Worcester in his farewell appearance for the club at Sixways Stadium on Saturday.
Injuries to Ryan Powell, Willie Walker, Dale Rasmussen and Marcel Garvey mean the Warriors are forced into a reshuffle in the back-line that sees Rico Gear move to outside centre, with Miles Benjamin and Charlie Fellows coming on to the wings.
Lock Greg Rawlinson and flanker Pat Sanderson add to the injured list and are replaced by Will Bowley and James Collins.
Chris Fortey is preferred to Aleki Lutui for the hooking spot in a switch from the match last week.
Matthew Jones is replaced by Joe Carlisle and Mike Ruddock has tipped his young fly-half to take the chance to shine in the final league game of the season.
"Joe gets the opportunity at fly-half and I'm sure, like all the other players, he will be keen to put in a performance ahead of the semi-final," said Ruddock.
"He showed last year in the European final, when he came on a set up a try and then slotted a difficult conversion, that he has the ability and I'm sure he will take his latest opportunity.
"There were a lot of tired and sore bodies after a heroic defensive display against Gloucester, but we have named a team that can get a result against London Irish while we will also preserve our energy and fitness ahead of the game with Bourgoin."
The Warriors have won their last three games in all competitions, and have also won their last three games at Sixways since Northampton triumphed there, 22-12, in the Guinness Premiership on March 7.
Exiles make changes
Bob Casey will lead London Irish in the club's final match of the regular Premiership season with his side requiring just two points to guarantee a place in the top four.
Casey is reunited with Nick Kennedy in the second row of an Exiles pack that has two other changes to the one that started against Northampton last Saturday.
Danie Coetzee starts in place of the injured David Paice at hooker and Declan Danaher takes over at blind-side flanker from Richard Thorpe who occupies the bench.
Among the backs Delon Armitage moves to full-back with Peter Richards coming in at outside centre.
"Worcester will want to carry the momentum of Tuesday's win over Gloucester into their semi-final in the European Challenge Cup next weekend given that their Guinness Premiership season is effectively over," said London Irish head coach Toby Booth.
"Having said that, the Warriors always provide stiff opposition at home so we know we're in for another competitive match.
"After 21 rounds of the Premiership we're still in control of our destiny and will be going all out to achieve a top four finish."
The Exiles have tripped up in their last two games to Bourgoin and Northampton, whilst away from home they are winless in the Premiership since a trip to Bristol at the end of November.
They have reigned supreme in the last six Premiership encounters with Worcester, though, with the Warriors' last victory at Sixways in October, 2008.
Worcester: 15 Loki Crichton, 14 Charlie Fellows, 13 Rico Gear, 12 Alex Grove, 11 Miles Benjamin, 10 Joe Carlisle, 9 Matt Powell (c), 8 Netani Talei, 7 James Collins, 6 Tom Wood, 5 Will Bowley, 4 Graham Kitchener, 3 Darren Morris, 2 Chris Fortey, 1 Callum Black.
Replacements: 16 Shaun Ruwers 17 Aleki Lutui 18 David Lyons 19 Jake Abbott 20 Jonny Arr 21 George Crook 22 Michael Penn.
London Irish: 15 Delon Armitage, 14 Adam Thompstone, 13 Peter Richards, 12 Seilala Mapusua, 11 Sailosi Tagickibau, 10 Peter Hewat, 9 Paul Hodgson, 8 Chris Hala'Ufia, 7 Steffon Armitage, 6 Declan Danaher, 5 Bob Casey (c), 4 Nick Kennedy, 3 Richard Skuse, 2 Danie Coetzee, 1 Clarke Dermody.
Replacements: 16 Alex Corbisiero, 17 James Buckland, 18 Gary Johnson, 19 James Hudson, 20 Richard Thorpe, 21 Topsy Ojo, 22 Mike Catt.
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|19:45||Leicester vs Gloucester|
|19:45||Northampton vs London Irish|
|Saturday 14th February|
|16:30||Exeter vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 15th February|
|13:00||Saracens vs Bath|
|14:00||Wasps vs Harlequins|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Sale|
|Friday 20th February|
|19:45||Newcastle vs Wasps|
|Saturday 21st February|
|14:00||Sale vs Saracens|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Exeter|
|15:00||Gloucester vs London Welsh|
|15:15||Bath vs Northampton|
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|14:00||London Irish vs Leicester|
|Friday 27th February|
|19:45||Leicester vs Sale|
|19:45||Northampton vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 28th February|
|14:30||London Welsh vs London Irish|
|15:00||Saracens vs Newcastle|
|15:15||Exeter vs Bath|
|Sunday 1st March|
|14:00||Wasps vs Gloucester|
|Friday 6th March|
|19:45||Bath vs Sale|
|Saturday 7th March|
|15:00||Exeter vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs London Irish|
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|14:00||Wasps vs Saracens|
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|19:45||Northampton vs Wasps|
|Sunday 11th January|
|London Irish 28 - 26 Exeter|
|Newcastle 38 - 7 London Welsh|
|Saturday 10th January|
|Harlequins 32 - 12 Leicester|
|Bath 39 - 26 Wasps|
|Sale Sharks 20 - 7 Northampton|
|Friday 9th January|
|Gloucester 24 - 23 Saracens|
|Sunday 4th January|
|London Welsh 13 - 24 Harlequins|
|Wasps 41 - 16 Sale Sharks|
|Leicester 17 - 8 Bath|
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|Exeter 25 - 26 Gloucester|
|Saracens 22 - 6 London Irish|
|Friday 2nd January|
|Northampton 39 - 31 Newcastle|
|Sunday 28th December|
|Gloucester 23 - 30 Wasps|
|Saturday 27th December|
|Harlequins 25 - 30 Northampton|
|Newcastle 23 - 25 Saracens|
|Bath 31 - 14 Exeter|
|Sale Sharks 30 - 32 Leicester|
|Friday 26th December|
|London Irish 24 - 9 London Welsh|
|Sunday 21st December|
|Wasps 48 - 16 London Irish|
|Saturday 20th December|
|Gloucester 16 - 39 Bath|
|Northampton 23 - 19 Leicester|
|Saracens 78 - 7 London Welsh|
|Harlequins 15 - 7 Newcastle|
|Friday 19th December|
|Sale 18 - 11 Exeter|
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