DIRECTOR of rugby Alan Solomons insists all players are on a "level playing field” as they jostle for positions in the team.

Worcester Warriors return to Gallagher Premiership action when they face Gloucester at Kingsholm on Friday night (7.45pm).

Solomons is expected to stick with his first-team regulars who failed to fire in the European Challenge Cup defeat at Dragons last Friday.

But having witnessed Worcester Cavaliers’ 75-21 thrashing of Wasps A on Monday night, Solomons said he would not be afraid to replace his more experienced players with the club’s second-string stars.

“The Cavaliers were absolutely fantastic and it just showed the young talent that we have at the club,” Solomons said.

“They see they can progress here and are getting opportunities to play.

“It’s a level playing field.

“If they play well enough and are deemed to be better than the senior players in that particular position then they will play.

“Ted Hill is a prime example. Is he not starting every week?”

There are calls from supporters for utility back Scott van Breda to be given a shot in the Premiership after his man-of-the-match showing for Cavaliers.

Van Breda who has recently been on loan with Pro14 outfit Southern Kings landed nine of his 10 conversions and crossed the whitewash to finish with a 23-point haul.

Solomons was impressed by van Breda’s performance and said he would be in the selection mix for Warriors’ clash with Gloucester.

“He had one hell of a game,” Solomons said.

“He kicked like a dream as well.

“If you look at Monday night’s performance, those lads did splendidly and that’s what you want.

“The competition for places drives the development of players and their performance. I was really pleased with what I saw.

“I told a lot of the lads that although things were going swimmingly in attack as they scored a lot of tries, they defended really well too and were really physical. It was a good, all-round performance.”

Asked whether he thought van Breda was in his best form since joining Warriors in 2018, Solomons said: “Definitely, I would agree with that.

“His versatility is invaluable as he can play from 10 to 15 and can kick.

“Every player is under consideration. We take everything into account.

“It is healthy that the guys are all pushing for places.

“They have got to push each other and help each other to be the best they can be and then decisions will be made on selection.”

Solomons says his side are in buoyant mood after winning three of their first five league games to climb to fourth.

But with trips to Gloucester and Saracens either side of a home clash with London Irish Solomons admits Warriors face a tricky festive period.

“Gloucester are a very strong side, particularly at Kingsholm,” Solomons said.

“By playing the way we have done you do generate confidence which is important but that is the past and we have to look forward.

“We know this block is going to be very tough.

“We have Gloucester away, London Irish at home and Saracens away. Those are three tough games.”