TWO Worcester Warriors players have been ruled out of this Sunday's Gallagher Premiership clash with Bath Rugby at The Rec due to positive Covid-19 cases. 

The club ran a voluntary round of PCR tests on Monday after a week off from training and two came back as positive; number eight Sione Vailanu and fly-half Billy Searle.

They both therefore miss out due to going into isolation.

The Worcester team for the trip to Bath sees six changes from the side that lost at Sarries on Boxing Day. 

Scotland and British and Irish Lions loosehead prop Rory Sutherland returns to the side after six weeks out with a dead leg suffered in the win over Wasps. 

He comes in to an all new front-row alongside hooker Niall Annett and former Bath tighthead Christian Judge. 

Matt Kvesic comes in for Vailanu at eight in the other change in the pack.

Perry Humphreys returns on the right wing with Gareth Simpson, who impressed and scored a try when he came on as a replacement at Saracens, starting at scrum-half.

Scrum-half Will Chudley, who also arrived at Sixways from Bath during the summer, and former Bath captain Matt Garvey are both set to face their former club having been named among the replacements.

Harri Doel is named as number 23 and will make his first appearance since going off with a head injury in the Premiership Cup win over Bristol Bears.

Bath Rugby | 15 Tom de Glanville, 14 Semesa Rokoduguni, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Max Ojomoh, 11 Will Muir, 10 Orlando Bailey, 9 Ollie Fox; 1 Lewis Boyce, 2 Tom Doughty, 3 Will Stuart, 4 Josh McNally, 5 Charlie Ewels, 6 Tom Ellis, 7 Ewan Richards, 8 Josh Bayliss

Replacements | 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 D’Arcy Rae, 19 Will Spencer, 20 Mike Williams, 21 Joe Simpson, 22 Max Clark, 23 Ruaridh McConnochie

Warriors | 15 Jamie Shillcock, 14 Perry Humphreys, 13 Francois Venter (CC), 12 Ashley Beck, 11 Duhan van der Merwe, 10 Fin Smith, 9 Gareth Simpson, 1 Rory Sutherland, 2 Niall Annett, 3 Christian Judge, 4 Joe Batley, 5 Andrew Kitchener, 6 Kyle Hatherell, 7 Ted Hill (CC), 8 Matt Kvesic.

Replacements | 16 Scott Baldwin, 17 Ethan Waller, 18 Jay Tyack, 19 Matt Garvey, 20 Sam Lewis, 21 Will Chudley, 22 Oli Morris, 23 Harri Doel.