Horstmann skippers Warriors in Sixways farewell

first_img Last hurrah for Rasmussen (above) and HortsmanLong-serving back row Kai Horstmann will captain Warriors in his final game for the club at Sixways Stadium as Worcester welcome London Irish in the Aviva Premiership on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 3pm).Horstmann will lead the side and his vice-captain will be hard running centre Dale Rasmussen who also plays his final game for Warriors at Sixways.Head Coach Richard Hill makes a total of five changes to the side narrowly lost out to Exeter Chiefs.A new-look back row sees Horstmann play at Number Eight while flankers Sam Betty and Jake Abbott win recalls. The other change in the pack comes in the front row where Ed Shervington will join forces with Matt Mullan and Tevita Taumoepeau.Scrum half Jonny Arr is the final change in a back division that will also see farewell games for wing duo Miles Benjamin and Marcel Garvey before they start new challenges in the summer. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS BATH, ENGLAND – MARCH 03: Dale Rasmussen of Worcester looks on during the Aviva Premiership match between Bath and Worcester Warriors at the Recreation Ground on March 3, 2012 in Bath, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) “We need a good result and have plenty of incentive to perform against a dangerous London Irish team who I fully expect to play without pressure and with real ambition,” said Hill. “When we played them at the Madejski Stadium back in October we saw the clinical attacking threat they possess and so we must be strong defensively and look to build on an encouraging attacking display against Exeter Chiefs.“It is sad to see a number of Warriors play their final game for the club at Sixways. I hope we can give them a good send-off with our fans given the chance to show them their respect while they get the chance to say goodbye.” Starting XV:15 Chris Pennell14 Marcel Garvey13 Alex Grove12 Dale Rasmussen11 Miles Benjamin10 Andy Goode9 Jonny Arr1 Matt Mullan2 Ed Shervington3 Tevita Taumoepeau4 James Percival5 Craig Gillies6 Sam Betty7 Jake Abbott8 Kai Horstmann (c)Replacements:16 Aleki Lutui17 George Porter18 Bruce Douglas19 Ben Gulliver20 Matt Kvesic21 Shaun Perry22 Danny Gray23 Ravai Fatiakilast_img read more