It seems Warriors will use up to 37 players against Hartpury College during their fixture in their first game of the pre-season 2017/18 campaign this Saturday.
The match will start at 4pm.
New signings Peter Stringer, David Denton, Ethan Waller, Simon Kerrod, Pierce Phillips, Tom Howe and Sam Olver are all prepared to feature for the Warriors. The Warriors during their game will be fielding two different teams with the Championship outfit that is newly-promoted.
To start the game, Jack Singleton, Nick Schonert and Ryan Bower, will take the front row on the other hand Phillips and Darren Barry will start in the row two.
GJ Van Velze, who has come back in the team after recovering from a lengthy injury, will take the position in the back row alongside Denton and Sam Lewis.
Tom Heathcote and Luke Baldwin will form the combination of half-back with Wynand Olivier and Jackson Willison in midfield, whereas Ben Howard, Josh Adams and Alex Hearle (Academy youngster) will take the position of the back three. Read more
Roy Davies, former Bristol boss has been appointed director of rugby at the Worcester Valkyries.
The new director would be coming in from Bristol where he led the, to a top of the table finish last season in the Women’s Premiership.
Unfortunately, they fell to a narrow defeat by Aylesford Bulls with a 17-8 score line at Sixways in the grand final of the competition.
Davies spent two years at Bristol, beginning as the forwards coach before being promoted to head coach of the club.
The 35-year-old from Llanellihas had four years of experience coaching within the RFU junior academy. He was also the head coach of Gloucestershire women.
Davies has also previously coached the rugby teams of Wells and Brighton. He used to play his rugby in the Hartpury College, Gloucester academy, Moseley and Lydney.
He is a level three qualified coach, with a PGCE in PE as well as a degree in sports coaching.
Davies who was obviously elated with the new appointment, spoke of how glad he was to be joining such a club. He said:
“I’m extremely pleased to be joining a club with such a rich history in the women’s game,” Read more
Worcester Rugby team defeated their Cardiff counterparts 53-38.
The victory makes their second Anglo-Welsh Cup success this term. The first 40 minutes was in favour of the visitors as Worcester Warriors kept scoring through full back Josh Adams, Rapava Ruskin, Sam Lewis, Wynand Olivier, Bryce Heem, and Francois Hougaard.
The Warriors picked up a great advantage on the road as the Cardiff Blues barely put up a fight. Ryan Mills was capped for the 50th time for the Warriors. He had a chance to get a goal but his penalty kick from almost halfway didn’t have the required power. However, not too long after he crossed for the first goal of the game. Hougaard has started a nice run; Mills tapped into it and set up a fellow back player Heem for the goal.
Steve Shingler reduced the margin for the home side. Dolan intercepted while Shingler kicked the extras. The BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park calmed down when the Warriors took the lead soon. Chris Vui used his height to his advantage, combining well with Olivier to set up Adams second goal. The visitors kept running wild with the scoreline at 29-10 in the first half. Read more
Wasps clash with Worcester on Sunday could see them go into the game without 15 of their players, either due to injury or suspension.
For their last weekend game against Sale where they emerged victors, Wasps were without 13 of his 38 senior men squad and it only seems to be getting worse.
Dai Young, Wasps director of Rugby sees the situation as something he just has to “get on with”.
“We are really down on numbers, but it happens and we’re no different to any other team,” Young said. Read more
Worcester Warriors is a team that has players who continue to have successful roles even after their active roles on the field ends.
One such instance is of Jake Abbott. He was a former flanker who has now obtained a role with the Rugby Players association. Jake has found a new way of staying in touch with the sport. He has taken up a role in the Rugby Players’ Association. Being an ex England player of 28 years of age, being part of the association will involve looking into the welfare of players of teams like Yorkshire Carnegie academy, RPA Alumni North, Newcastle Falcons and others.
He had joined back to Worcester after having a brief spell with Griffins in US, Dallas where he also took up the role of an assistant coach. He has been a student of the Worcester Sixth Form College. His new role will involve development of new players in a managerial capacity. Abbott stated that he is looking forward to the new role and would like to be engaged in helping players work on their development. Read more
The 3 strong players from Worcester Warriors namely Huw Taylor, Jack Singleton and Andrew Kitchener have been nominated for England Under 20 squad for World Rugby Championship which will be held in Manchester next month.
The academy players of the Warriors have done an impressive performance earlier this year in the Six Nations campaign for Under 20s. The best performer of the show was Singleton, who played against Italy and Taylor featured 3 times in the European challenge cup campaign. The team of England Under 20s would be facing Australia, Scotland and Italy in Pool B in the World Championship, which includes many players having experience in the Premiership in the 28 man squad.
England has a good record as far as the tournament is concerned. It has successfully reached in 6 finals in the last 8 years. Martin Haag, the head coach expressed his happiness and said that it would be a proud moment for him when the white jersey gets pulled on by the players and run out with joy in front of friends and family in the World Cup. As per reports, the squad would meet on 22nd of May to take part in the training camp in Newcastle. Martin Haag, who was appointed as a coach at the beginning of the year is preparing his team for building a bond so as to ensure that the team plays confidently with an identity of its own.