James Percival will skipper Worcester in their Aviva Premiership clash with London Welsh at Sixways on Friday after being named as one of four changes to the Warriors side.
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Lock Percival takes the place of club captain Dean Schofield, who drops to the bench, but it is otherwise the same pack which were defeated 13-6 by Perpignan in the Amlin Challenge Cup last time out.
Head coach Richard Hill has opted for a significant rejig of this back-line though, with Chris Pennell recalled at full-back and Josh Matavesi and David Lemi brought back at inside centre and wing respectively.
Hooker Aleki Lutui will make his 100th appearance in the Aviva Premiership if he comes off the bench.
London Welsh head coach Lyn Jones has made a total of 13 changes following the 27-13 home defeat to Grenoble in the Challenge Cup.
Only full-back Tom Arscott and centre Seb Jewell retain their places as the Exiles bring back the likes of Gordon Ross, Franck Montanella, Sonny Parker and Kirill Kulemin.
Rob Lewis goes straight into the side at scrum-half after being signed on loan from Cardiff Blues until the end of the season.
Worcester Warriors: 15 Chris Pennell, 14 Nikki Walker, 13 Alex Grove, 12 Josh Matavesi, 11 David Lemi, 10 Andy Goode, 9 Paul Hodgson, 8 Semisi Taulava, 7 Matt Kvesic, 6 Neil Best, 5 Chris Jones, 4 James Percival (c), 3 Euan Murray, 2 Ed Shervington, 1 Ceri Jones.
Replacements: 16 Aleki Lutui, 17 George Porter, 18 John Andress, 19 Dean Schofield, 20 Sam Betty, 21,Jonny Arr, 22 Danny Gray, 23 Jon Clarke.
London Welsh: 15 Tom Arscott, 14 Dan Caprice, 13 Sonny Parker, 12 Seb Jewell, 11 Nick Scott, 10 Gordon Ross, 9 Rob Lewis, 8 Ed Jackson, 7 Mike Denbee, 6 Adam Balding, 5 Kirill Kulemin, 4 Jonathan Mills (c), 3 Arthur Joly, 2 Neil Briggs, 1 Frank Montanella.
Replacements: 16 Greg Bateman, 17 Tom Bristow, 18 James Tideswell, 19 Matt Corker, 20 Alfie To'oala, 21 Nick Runciman, 22 Alex Davies, 23. Tom Voyce.
What they said...
Worcester head coach Richard Hill
"London Welsh have had a very good (season) and cannot be underestimated. Most people wrote them off before the season started, so it is credit to the coaching staff and players that they have played with no fear and have got their tactics right against most teams.
"They were promoted to the league late on, so to arrive where they are is an outstanding feat and they already have some big scalps. They will have identified this game as one that is winnable so we have got to be top notch to get a result.
London Welsh head coach Lyn Jones
"Worcester have stabilized in the Premiership and are now taking their game on to another level of accuracy which is required in this league.
"We realise we have a lot of work to do to gain an understanding of what the important ingredients are in the Premiership. A win away from home against this side would be a huge achievement for us as a team."