Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

Ryan makes changes

Dean Ryan - making changes.

Worcester's hopes of progressing in the Amlin Challenge Cup are effectively over, prompting director of rugby Dean Ryan to use Thursday night's trip to Biarritz to experiment with selection.

Ryan has made 10 changes to the side that lost the same fixture 19-15 at Sixways last week, leaving the Warriors at the foot of Sale-led Pool One after three matches.

Wing Josh Drauniniu, prop Jeremy Becasseau, full-back Ben Howard and fly-half Max Stelling are among those to start in the developmental line-up.

"I want to provide some opportunities for players to push for selection," Ryan said.

"Because we have quite a small squad and some guys are under pressure to play every week, this is a chance to give them a rest.

"People have an opportunity to put their hands up for a Premiership place.

"We are starting to see the group evolve and after Christmas our selection will be a bit more consistent. This is a big window for some people to join that group."

Worcester led 12-0 against Biarritz only to fall away and are still searching for their first win of the season in any competition.

Newport Gwent Dragons travel to Bordeaux-Begles on Thursday night seeking to maintain pressure on Pool Two leaders Bath. Victory would keep the Welsh region's destiny in their own hands.

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Nightlife galleries

More

Latest Sport News

Stats Centre