Friday’s Aviva Premiership team news

Friday’s Premiership team news as Worcester host Gloucester and Harlequins travel to the AJ Bell Stadium to take on Sale Sharks.
Worcester Warriors v Gloucester Rugby (19:45 kick-off)

British and Irish Lion Donncha O’Callaghan returns to the Warriors side for their first home match of the Premiership season on Friday against neighbours Gloucester.

O’Callaghan is one of three changes to the starting line-up along with tighthead prop James Johnston and flanker Alafoti Faosiliva, while Phil Dowson skippers the side from number eight.

Head coach Carl Hogg, who spent seven years at Gloucester before making the move up the M5 to Sixways, keeps the same backline that featured at Twickenham against Saracens last weekend.

Former Gloucester player Ryan Lamb starts at fly-half for Warriors, and is just 11 Premiership points short of the 1000-mark.

Tighthead Mike Daniels and flanker Carl Kirwan are named among the replacements as Warriors look to pick up their first win of the campaign.

Meanwhile, Gloucester keep faith with the XV that started against the Leicester Tigers last weekend as they prepare for their first Premiership fixture on the road this season.

The Cherry and Whites make just two changes to the matchday 23. Former Australia U20 prop Cameron Orr replaces Paddy McAllister on the bench and centre Mark Atkinson comes in for Gareth Evans, also amongst the replacements.

Worcester Warriors: 15 Jackson Willison, 14 Dean Hammond, 13 Wynand Olivier, 12 Ben Te’o, 11 Cooper Vuna, 10 Ryan Lamb, 9 Jonny Arr, 8 GJ van Velze (c), 7 Marco Mama, 6 Alafoti Faosiliva, 5 Darren Barry, 4 Donncha O’Callaghan, 3 James Johnston, 2 Niall Annett, 1 Val Rapava Ruskin
Replacements: 16 Jaba Bregvadze, 17 Na’ama Leleimalefaga, 18 Mike Daniels, 19 Christian Scotland-Williamson, 20 Carl Kirwan, 21 Luke Baldwin, 22 Tom Heathcote, 23 Perry Humphreys
Gloucester: 15 Tom Marshall, 14 Charlie Sharples, 13 Matt Scott, 12 Billy Twelvetrees, 11 Henry Purdy, 10 Billy Burns, 9 Greig Laidlaw (c), 8 Ben Morgan, 7 Matt Kvesic, 6 Ross Moriarty, 5 Mariano Galarza, 4 Tom Savage, 3 John Afoa, 2 Richard Hibbard, 1 Yann Thomas
Replacements: 16 Darren Dawidiuk, 17 Cameron Orr, 18 Paul Doran-Jones, 19 Joe Latta, 20 Jacob Rowan, 21 Willi Heinz, 22 James Hook, 23 Mark Atkinson
Sale Sharks v Harlequins

Sale have made four changes to their XV that lost to Newcastle as they run out for their first home game of the season against Harlequins.

Neil Briggs, Jonathan Mills, David Seymour and Paolo Odogwu come into the side to replace Rob Webber, Andrei Ostrikov, Laurence Pearce and Nev Edwards respectively.

Meanwhile, the Quins starting team remains unchanged from that which defeated Bristol during the London Double Header last weekend.

Among the replacements James Chisholm and Winston Stanley replace George Merrick and Alofa Alofa.

Sale Sharks: 15 Byron McGuigan, 14 Will Addison, 13 Sam James, 12 Johnny Leota, 11 Paolo Odogwu, 10 AJ MacGinty, 9 Mike Phillips, 8 Josh Beaumont (c), 7 David Seymour, 6 TJ Ioane, 5 Jonathan Mills, 4 Bryn Evans, 3 Halani Aulika, 2 Neil Briggs, 1 Eifion Lewis-Roberts
Replacements: 16 Cameron Neild, 17 Ross Harrison, 18 Kieran Longbottom, 19 Andrei Ostrikov, 20 Laurence Pearce, 21 James Mitchell, 22 Dan Mugford, 23 Nev Edwards
Harlequins: 15 Ross Chisholm, 14 Marland Yarde, 13 Joe Marchant, 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 Tim Visser, 10 Nick Evans, 9 Danny Care (c), 8 Jack Clifford, 7 Luke Wallace, 6 Chris Robshaw, 5 James Horwill, 4 Sam Twomey, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Rob Buchanan, 1 Joe Marler
Replacements: 16 Dave Ward, 17 Owen Evans, 18 Will Collier, 19 James Chisholm, 20 Mat Luamanu, 21 Karl Dickson, 22 Ruaridh Jackson, 23 Winston Stanley

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