sport

Sky Live: Bristol v Worcester

Sky Sports continues its ground-breaking coverage of the Championship on Sunday, by showing Bristol's mouth-watering derby game at their new Ashton Gate home against Worcester.

Bristol switched city venues, from Bristol Rovers to one owned by Bristol City Football Club, over the summer and will be looking for a fresh start after the disappointment of losing the 2013/14 Championship final to London Welsh in May.

Former British and Irish Lions and Wales scrum-half Dwayne Peel captains the side and the veteran will be ably assisted by fellow ex-Lion and Welsh star Ryan Jones as well as Anthony Perenise plus former Worcester duo David Lemi and Chris Brooker.

Jack O'Connell, Chris Brooker and Anthony Perenise are all included in a new-look front row, while international duo Ian Evans and Jack Lam are also set for first competitive starts.

Bristol boss Andy Robinson said: "It's the first time we're playing at Ashton Gate, it's vital we get a performance there. I look forward to the battles that we have. We've played against each other many times, always had great battles against each other and he's a great character for the game."

The Warriors, relegated from last season's Aviva Premiership, are led by full-back Chris Pennell while new signings Tom Biggs and Sam Smith are included on the wings.

Worcester director of rugby Dean Ryan said: "Both of us understand the nature of the tournament, both of us understand the pressures of it. (It's) Two big squads, two big budgets."

The Championship's sixth season officially gets under way on Friday night when Nottingham host Bedford Blues at Notts County FC's Meadow Lane.

The first use of Ref Cam in professional rugby union was used in English domestic game's second tier competition as well as half-time interviews, warm-up and changing room access being introduced in 2011.

Bristol: Wallace; Short, Tovey, Mosses, Lemi; Morgan, Peel (c); O'Connell, Brooker, Perenise, Evans, Sorenson, Mama, Lam, Eadie. Replacements: Crumpton, Hall, Townson, Skirving, Hampson, Jarvis, Maule.

Worcester: Pennell (c), Smith, Grove, Symons, Biggs, Mieres, Arr, Bower, George, Schonert, Percival, Sanderson, Williams, Betty, Cox. Replacements: Annett, Daniels, Scotland-Williamson, de Carpentier, Mulchrone, Eden, Stelling.

Watch Bristol v Worcester on Sky Sports 3HD from 2.30pm on Sunday