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Preview: Montpellier v Worcester

21st January 2010 14:35


SKY_MOBILE Sanderson Pat Worcester v Montpellier

Montpellier were shock winners at Worcester

Director of Rugby Mike Ruddock makes five changes to his starting line-up as Worcester Warriors complete the pool stages of the Amlin Challenge Cup against Montpellier on Friday.

New Zealand star Rico Gear returns on the wing, as Chris Pennell shifts to full-back, and Dale Rasmussen and Greg King, who this week signed a new two-year deal with Warriors, combine at centre.

Fit again lock Will Bowley is named alongside Graham Kitchener and back row Tom Wood returns to the pack at blindside flanker as James Collins moves across to openside.

Scrum-half Jonny Arr is named among the replacements and the team will again be skippered in Europe by hooker Chris Fortey.

With nothing to play for, Montpellier have rested their internationals and will field a largely second-string side.

The teams:

Montpellier:15 Jean-Matthieu Alcalde, 14 Sebastien Max, 13 Ollie Smith, 12 Grant Rees, 11 Adrien Pratmarty, 10 Jaques Schutte, 9 Maxime Castell, 8 Marc Giraud, 7 Jérome Vallée (c), 6 Giorgi Chkhaidze, 5 Drickus Hancke, 4 Alister Campbell, 3 Juan Figallo, 2 Fabien Rofes, 1 Olivier Tissot
Replacements:16 Bruce Douglas, 17 Na'ama Leleimalefaga, 18 Kevin Kervarec, 19 Joan Caudullo, 20 Sakiusa Matadigo, 21 Adrien Tomas, 22 Thierry Brana, 23 Robin Solana.

Worcester:15 Chris Pennell, 14 Marcel Garvey, 13 Dale Rasmussen, 12 Greg King, 11 Rico Gear, 10 Matthew Jones, 9 Ryan Powell, 8 Matt Cox, 7 James Collins, 6 Tom Wood, 5 Will Bowley, 4 Kitch Kitchener, 3 Olivier Sourgens, 2 Chris Fortey (c), 1 Matt Mullan.
Replacements:16 Jordan Page, 17 Adam Black, 18 Jack Gilding, 19 Dave Lyons, 20 Jake Abbott, 21 Jonny Arr, 22 Joe Carlisle, 23 Willie Walker,

Date:Friday, January 22
Venue: Stade Yves du Manoir, Montpellier
Kick-off:20:00 (19.00 GMT)
Referee: Neil Paterson

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