Ryan hands debut to Pumas back-rower
October 31, 2013
Leo Senatore (left) starts for Worcester © Getty Images
Worcester Warriors coach Dean Ryan has handed a debut to Argentina back-row Leonardo Senatore ahead of Friday's game against Bath at Sixways.
Senatore's ban for biting Eben Etzebeth has now finished and Ryan has wasted no time in bringing the Pumas back-row into his side. With the Warriors yet to achieve a victory in any tournament this season, Ryan has made further changes to the side that fell to a heavy defeat to Exeter last weekend.
Paul Warwick is handed the fly-half reins while Chris Jones returns to the second-row alongside Mariano Galarza. With the Warriors lying eight points off the team in eleventh, Ryan knows they need to get results sooner rather than later.
"We're in a situation where we've got to try and find the best pathway out and not jump up and down and say it's one thing or the other," Ryan said. "Professional rugby is about having high standards and systems that underpin a philosophy for a long period of time.
"We've got to build our game and intensity around the things we're capable of doing and then become competitive against our opponents. It's my job to ensure the players keep working hard. We're not where we would like to be but one win could change that."
Bath have made one change to their side with Will Spencer replacing Dave Attwood as the lock has been included in the England squad for Saturday's game against Australia.
Exeter are also in action on Friday evening as they travel to Sale. With Tongan winger Fetu'u Vainikolo away on international duty, Rob Baxter is forced to make one with Tom James recalled to the starting XV.
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