No.8 Adam Balding is handed a start against the team he will join in the summer when Newcastle Falcons travel to Sixways to face Warriors on Friday night (kick-off 8pm).
Falcons have made two personnel changes with a reshuffled back row seeing Peter Browne shift to blindside flanker as Brent Wilson reverts to the openside.
The only other change to the team comes in the backs, with Rob Vickerman replacing the injured Charlie Amesbury for the Sixways clash.
A reshuffled back line sees Springbok Gcobani Bobo shift from outside centre to the left wing, with Vickerman filling the vacated No.13 shirt.
Falcons director of rugby, Steve Bates, said: "We're expecting a tight game, with two competitive forward packs going at each other.
"We have the two top points scorers in the Guinness Premiership going head to head in Jimmy Gopperth and Willie Walker, both will undoubtedly have a big role to play and there's every chance it could be a close, exciting game."
Newcastle Falcons team to face Worcester Warriors:
15 Alex Tait
14 Danny Williams
13 Rob Vickerman
12 Tane Tu'ipulotu
11 Gcobani Bobo
10 Jimmy Gopperth
9 Micky Young
1 Jon Golding
2 Rob Vickers
3 Carl Hayman (captain)
4 James Hudson
5 Tim Swinson
6 Peter Browne
7 Brent Wilson
8 Adam Balding
16 Alex Walker
17 Micky Ward
18 Grant Shiells
19 Mark Sorenson
20 Will Welch
21 Hall Charlton
22 Rob Miller
23 Tom Biggs
Worcester wing Ben Howard has been named in the England Under 20s team to take on New Zealand in the semi-final of the IRB Junior World Championship in Vannes, France, on Tuesday June 18, kick off 1945 (GMT).
The Warriors Community team have been busy working with people across Worcestershire over the last year and have been given the perfect reward for their efforts after being nominated for a top prize at the All Parliamentary Premiership Rugby Community Awards 2013.
The Worcester Warriors Community department joined forces with Stourport Rugby Club on Tuesday to welcome nearly 90 children from local primary schools to a tag rugby tournament supported by the Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme.
Ben Howard scored two tries as England Under 20s stormed to a record-breaking 109-0 victory over USA to book their place in the IRB Junior World Championship semi-finals alongside South Africa, New Zealand and Wales.
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Worcester Warriors is delighted to announce its successful long-term partnership with CitySigns is to continue after the family signage and leading display firm was confirmed as the club's Official Signage Partner.
England Under 20s - who included Worcester wing Ben Howard - fell agonisingly short against world champions South Africa in the IRB Junior World Championship, losing 31-24 in La Roche-sur-Yon on Sunday.