European Challenge Cup
Bucuresti Oaks v Worcester Warriors
October 19, 2008
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Worcester player Loki Crichton dives over the line to score a try during the EDF Energy Cup Match between Worcester Warriors and London Irish at Sixways Stadium in Worcester, England on October 5, 2008.
Loki Crichton starts for Worcester this weekend in Bucharest © Getty Images

Former New Zealand international Greg Rawlinson returns in the Worcester Warriors second row for the trip to face Bucuresti Oaks. Director of Rugby Mike Ruddock makes six changes to the side that won the opening game in the pool stages last weekend.

Australian full back Chris Latham is rested this weekend to recover from a bruised hand and so Samoan international Loki Crichton is handed the No.15 jersey. Miles Benjamin returns on the wing, after missing the clash with Petrarca Rugby due to illness, and Ryan Powell is named at scrum half.

Prop Matt Mullan and Tongan hooker Aleki Lutui complete the changes as they start in the front row while Academy product Jordan Page is among the replacements with Chris Fortey (ribs) ruled out.

Warriors return to Romania for a second successive season in the competition and Ruddock is hoping for better conditions this season after last year's game was hit by awful weather.

"I've looked at the weather over there," he said. "It looks good, sunny, no wind, and a good temperature. Hopefully that will help us to play good rugby, move it around and get outside the physical contest they will thrive on."

Bucuresti Oaks: Florin Vlaicu, Catalin Fercu, Catalin Dascalu, Ionut Dimofte (c), Madalin Lemnaru, Ben Aoina, Florin Surugiu, Mihai Lazar, Bogdan Zebega, Nicolae Nere, Marius Sirbe, Valentin Ursache, Alexandru Grigore, Zane Winslade, Stelian Burcea,

Replacements: Florin Tasca, Radu Basalau, Bogdan Petreanu, Daniel Bejan, Iulian Andrei, Dan Dumbrava, Jeff Makapelu,

Worcester Warriors: Loki Crichton, Rico Gear, Alex Grove, Sam Tuitupou, Miles Benjamin, Matthew Jones, Ryan Powell, Matt Mullan, Aleki Lutui, Tevita Taumoepeau, Greg Rawlinson, Craig Gillies, Tom Wood, Matt Cox, Netani Talei

Replacements: Darren Morris, Jordan Page, Kitch Kitchener, James Collins, Matt Powell, Joe Carlisle, Charlie Fellows


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