30th Nov, 2020

Fidow to return from injury against Bath

Rob George 8th Sep, 2020

SAMOA international wing Ed Fidow will make his first appearance for Warriors since January in Wednesday’s Gallagher Premiership match against Bath Rugby at The Rec (kick-off 7.45pm).

Fidow suffered a groin injury in an inter-squad match last month, a week before the 2019/20 season resumed, and has missed five matches since then.

But Fidow has now regained fitness and will become the 42nd player used by Warriors since the resumption. Replacement loosehead prop Kai Owen will become the 43rd if he comes off the bench having recovered from a hamstring injury.

Fidow played for Samoa in the Rugby World Cup in Japan last year and made three appearances for Warriors – scoring a try at Saracens in his last outing – before he tore a hamstring in a Premiership Rugby Shield match in January.

Warriors have made 14 changes to the side that faced Bristol Bears last Friday with centre Ollie Lawrence the sole starter. Billy Searle, Callum Black, Richard Palframan and Matt Cox all start having played as replacements against Bristol.

Lock Justin Clegg will make his first Premiership start after two appearances off the bench against Wasps and Exeter Chiefs.

Clegg forms a new second row pairing with fellow Three Pears Warriors Academy graduate James Scott as Andrew Kitchener starts a three match suspension following his sending off against Bristol.

Sam Lewis and Tom Dodd have both recovered from head injuries and will take their places in a new-look back-row alongside Cox who will make his first Premiership start in 22 months.

Assistant club captain Will Butler will again lead the team although skipper Ted Hill has been named as a replacement.

Warriors | 15 Chris Pennell, 14 Ed Fidow, 13 Ollie Lawrence, 12 Will Butler (C), 11 Nick David, 10 Billy Searle, 9 Jono Kitto, 1 Callum Black, 2 Beck Cutting, 3 Richard Palframan, 4 Justin Clegg, 5 James Scott, 6 Matt Cox, 7 Sam Lewis, 8 Tom Dodd.

Replacements | 16 Isaac Miller, 17 Kai Owen, 18 Joe Morris, 19 Ted Hill, 20 Matti Williams, 21 Gareth Simpson, 22 Scott van Breda, 23 Alex Hearle.

Unavailable | Joe Batley, Conor Carey, Perry Humphreys, Andrew Kitchener, Marco Mama, Morgan Monks, Matt  Moulds, Jamie Shillcock, GJ van Velze.

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