|Venue: Kingston Park Date: Friday, 1 September Kick-off: 19:45 BST|
|Coverage: Live score updates on BBC local radio and on the BBC Sport website|
Newcastle are without key new signings Toby Flood, Maxime Mermoz and DTH van der Merwe for the season’s opener, although Josh Matavesi will debut.
Full-back Simon Hammersley makes his first appearance since recovering from a cruciate ligament injury.
Back-rower GJ van Velze is back for Worcester after a year-long absence with concussion problems.
Lions star Ben Te’o is on the bench, having been granted a late return to training after his summer exertions.
Four of Warriors’ seven summer signings – Ethan Waller, Pierce Phillips, Peter Stringer and Sam Olver – are named on the bench.
Newcastle: Hammersley; Tait, Harris, Matavesi, Agulla; Hodgson, Takulua; Vickers, Cooper, Welsh, Green, Witty, Wilson, Welch (c), Chick.
Replacements: Lawson, Mavinga, Davison, Cavubati, Latu, Stuart, Willis, Socino.
Warriors: Adams; Hammond, Olivier, Willison, Heem; Heathcote, Arr; Bower, Singleton, Schonert, O’Callaghan (c), Spencer, Cox, Lewis, Van Velze.
Replacements: Taufete’e, Waller, Alo, Phillips, Faosiliva, Stringer, Olver, Te’o.
Source: BBC Here