Saracens - Prem Rugby Cup Preview: Worcester Warriors (H)

Nov 09, 2018

Prem Rugby Cup Preview: Worcester Warriors (H)


WORCESTER WARRIORS

FACTFILE
Formed: 
1871
Website: www.warriors.co.uk
Twitter: @WorcsWarriors
Ground: Sixways
Capacity: 11,499

Honours:
North Midlands Cup - 1977/78, 1995/96, 1997/98
North Midlands Division One - 1989/90
Midlands Division Two - 1992/93
Midlands Division One -1994/95
Courage League Division 4 North - 1996/97
Jewson National League 1 - 1997/98
Powerline Floodlit Cup - 1997/98
National Division One/Championship - 2003/04, 2010/11, 2014/15
British and Irish Cup - 2014/15

Last season:
Premiership: 11th
European Challenge Cup: Pool Stage
Anglo-Welsh Cup: Pool Stage
Premiership Top Scorer: Josh Adams

ABOUT THE WARRIORS

In October, Worcester announced they were under new ownership following their successful sale to a consortium, with the primary funder being Errol Pope, alongside Jed McCrory, Scott Priestnall and former Premiership Rugby player David Seymour. Pope is a finance specialist in property and commodity trading and has a passion for community-led projects in sport. The new owners stated their commitment to the club by investing above a certain threshold into the rugby budget. The consortium has plans to further develop Sixways to generate additional income, with intentions of making the club self-sustainable and achieving long-term success both on and off the field. Worcester have taken an experienced approach to their Premiership Rugby Cup campaign. The Warriors fielded a side that wouldn’t have looked out of place in the Gallagher Premiership against a young Sale Sharks side before recording their biggest-ever win at Leicester Tigers as they won 31-12 at Welford Road. 

MEET THE DOR – ALAN SOLOMONS

Warriors announced the appointment of Solomons as Director of Rugby in December 2017. He has amassed a wealth of coaching experience since moving into rugby 20 years ago as assistant coach of South African club Western Province following a successful career in law. In the early part of his coaching career, Solomons was an integral part of the South Africa coaching set-up as his home country equalled New Zealand’s record-breaking 17 consecutive Test wins and finished third at the 1999 Rugby World Cup. He has also held roles with the Stormers, Ulster, Eastern Province, Southern Kings, Edinburgh, Bristol, Northampton Saints and the Barbarians.

ONE TO WATCH – TED HILL

Hill joined the Warriors Senior Academy ahead of the 2017/18 campaign. The all-action back row joined the Warriors Junior Academy aged 14 and has represented England from Under-16s to Under-20s where he now has 11 caps. His form in the early of the current season led to Eddie Jones including him in the EPS squad ahead of the autumn internationals. Hill was handed his Warriors first-team debut against Sale Sharks in the Anglo-Welsh Cup at Sixways in November 2017 and has since forced his way into the senior reckoning on a regular basis.

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