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Drauniniu aiming to please Warriors boss

By Geoff Berkeley 04/05 Updated: 04/05 16:13

Buy photos » Josh Drauninui is hoping to put in another impressive display tomorrow. Picture by Ian Smith.

TRY-scoring machine Josh Drauniniu is aiming to show head coach Richard Hill his top-flight credentials when Worcester Warriors travel to Franklin's Gardens to face Northampton Saints tomorrow (Saturday, 2pm).

The Fijian wing will start in Worcester's final Aviva Premiership clash. And with Marcel Garvey and Miles Benjamin leaving at the end of the campaign and David Lemi and Nikki Walker arriving in the summer, the 26-year-old sees this as a great opportunity to impress Hill ahead of next season.

"I am very excited," Drauniniu said. "I have been waiting all season for this chance.

"It has been a long time coming and I am just looking forward to getting stuck in, getting involved and showing the coaches that I need to be in the first team next season.

"I have learnt a lot from Marcel and Miles - those two have been amazing as they have helped spur me on and for them to leave is a big loss to the club. But the likes of David Lemi, Nikki Walker and me will be eager to get involved and fight for places on the wings for Worcester next season."

Drauniniu has had limited opportunities this campaign, but when picked has taken them well as he has struck seven times in ten games. And the powerful winger is hoping to add to his tally against Saints, who will be looking to secure their place in the Premiership's top four, tomorrow.

"I think it will be a great challenge for me to play against possibly one of the best back three - Chris Ashton, Ben Foden and Paul Diggin - in the league and I can't wait for it," he added.

"All the boys are looking forward to the Northampton game. This is a game for pride. I think everyone seems to be writing us off for this game. We are really energised as the pressure is on them.

"The boys are pretty riled up and can't wait to get stuck in again on Saturday."

Drauniniu's inclusion is one of a number of changes by Hill, which also sees departing hooker Chris Fortey make a suprise call-up and Tom Arscott named at full back.

Shaun Perry, who will be joined by Danny Gray at half back, will captain the side, while fit-again fly half Joe Carlisle has been selected among the replacements.

Warriors' side to face Northampton Saints: Arscott, Benjamin, Grove, Fatiaki, Drauniniu, Gray, Perry (c), Porter, Fortey, Douglas, Percival, Gillies, Best, Kvesic, Horstmann

Replacements: Shervington, Furniss, Jones, Gulliver, Betty, Arr, Carlisle, Hayter

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