Aviva Premiership preview: Worcester Warriors v Exeter Chiefs
Last Updated: 30/03/13 2:44pm
Worcester have recalled forward pair Semisi Taulava and Chris Jones for Saturday's home Aviva Premiership clash with Exeter Chiefs.
Second-rower Jones - who makes his 199th Premiership appearance - and number eight Taulava both start games for the first time since January as head coach Richard Hill makes a total of five changes to his starting line-up.
A third switch in the pack sees Scotland international prop Euan Murray selected, with ex-Exeter front-rower John Andress dropping to the bench.
Centre Josh Matavesi will face his former employers after being named in midfield alongside Alex Grove, while scrum-half Jonny Arr returns to partner Andy Goode at half-back.
Scrum-half Shaun Perry could make his first senior appearance in over six months after being named among the replacements alongside all-action flanker Sam Betty, who also returns to the matchday squad.
Settled side for Exeter
Meanwhile, Exeter make only one change to the side that was narrowly edged out at home by Leicester last weekend.
James Scaysbrook, who missed the Leicester game due to the birth of his second daughter, returns in the back-row in place of Ben White.
White reverts to the bench at the expense of former Warriors player Kai Horstmann, whilst Fijian international Sireli Naqelevuki is also back amongst the replacements in the stead of Ian Whitten after missing out last week due to a knee injury.
Exeter, who beat champions Harlequins on their last away outing, will head into the game full of confidence having won all three previous Aviva Premiership contests between the two clubs.
Worcester Warriors:15 Chris Pennell, 14 Josh Drauniniu, 13 Alex Grove, 12 Josh Matavesi, 11 David Lemi, 10 Andy Goode, 9 Jonny Arr, 8 Semisi Taulava, 7 Matt Kvesic, 6 Neil Best, 5 Chris Jones, 4 James Percival (c), 3 Euan Murray, 2 Ed Shervington, 1 Matt Mullan
Replacements: 16 Aleki Lutui, 17 Ceri Jones, 18 John Andress, 19 Dean Schofield, 20 Sam Betty, 21 Shaun Perry, 22 Danny Gray, 23 Jon Clarke
Exeter Chiefs:15 Luke Arscott, 14 Jack Nowell, 13 Phil Dollman, 12 Jason Shoemark, 11 Matt Jess, 10 Gareth Steenson, 9 Haydn Thomas, 8 Richard Baxter (c), 7 James Scaysbrook, 6 Dave Ewers, 5 Damian Welch, 4 Dean Mumm, 3 Hoani Tui, 2 Jack Yeandle, 1 Carl Rimmer
Replacements: 16 Chris Whitehead, 17 Brett Sturgess, 18 Craig Mitchell, 19 James Hanks, 20 Ben White, 21 Will Chudley, 22 Henry Slade, 23 Sireli Naqelevuki
Fri 24th Apr
Bath0 - 0London Irish
Sat 25th Apr
Sale Sharks0 - 0Harlequins
Gloucester0 - 0Newcastle Falcons
Leicester Tigers0 - 0London Welsh
Northampton0 - 0Saracens
Sun 26th Apr
Wasps0 - 0Exeter
Fri 8th May
Harlequins0 - 0Bath
Sat 9th May
Sale Sharks0 - 0Newcastle Falcons
Gloucester0 - 0London Irish
Northampton0 - 0London Welsh
Wasps0 - 0Leicester Tigers
Sun 10th May
Saracens0 - 0Exeter
Sat 16th May
Bath0 - 0Gloucester
Exeter0 - 0Sale Sharks
Leicester Tigers0 - 0Northampton
London Irish0 - 0Wasps
London Welsh0 - 0Saracens
Newcastle Falcons0 - 0Harlequins
Aviva Premiership 2012/13 Round 19
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Richard Cockerill says he has never seen Manu Tuilagi play better than his performance in the 36-8 rout of Northampton.
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