Contract Extensions and New Signings 2019
Contract Extensions in 2019
ETHAN WALLER to season 2021-22
Born: 13 August 1992 Date of Birth: Kettering, England
Height: 1.85m - 6ft 1ins Weight: 120kgs - 18st 12lbs
Internationals: Nil
Waller’s current contract is due to expire at the nd of this season but he has now committed himself to Warriors until the end of 2021/22. “Re-signing was one of the easiest decisions I’ve made. I love the boys and the role I’m privileged to play in this squad,” Waller said.

“I signed here nearly three years ago because I truly believed in the potential the club has and we’re really starting to show it. “It’s one of the tightest groups I’ve been involved with and I’m ecstatic to be part of the journey over the next two years.”
TED HILL to season 2021-22
Born: Worcester, England Date of Birth: 26th march 1999
Height: 1.96m - 6ft 5ins Weight: 110kgs - 17st 5lbs
Internationals: England (1), England U20(9)
Ted Hill joined the Warriors Senior Academy ahead of the 2017/18 campaign. The back row was handed his Warriors first-team debut against Sale Sharks in the Anglo-Welsh Cup at Sixways in November 2017 but waited almost another year until he really burst on the scenes.

Hill was named as a replacement for a huge Gallagher Premiership clash against Leicester Tigers in September 2018 and came on to score two tries, including the winner, as Warriors battled to a famous victory at Welford Road. The talented back row was then called up to the full England squad for the 2018 autumn internationals.

Made his England debut against Japan in November at the age of only 19.
FRANCOIS VENTER to season 2021-22
Born: Bloemfontein, S.A. Date of Birth: 19th April 1991
Height: 1.85M - 6ft 1ins Weight: 95kgs - 14st 13lbs
Internationals: South Africa (7) South Africa U20(10)
South Africa international Francois Venter arrived at Sixways from Pro 14 side the Cheetahs in the summer of 2018 and instantly struck up an understanding with Ryan Mills that made them one of them most effective centre pairings in the Gallagher Premiership.

Venter made 24 appearances in his first season and scored three tries including a spectacular interception effort in the record league win over Bristol Bears at Sixways, a score he celebrated with an extravagant forward roll.
SAM LEWIS to season 2021-22
Born: Swansea, Wales Date of Birth: 11th November 1990
Height: 1.83M - 6ft 0ins Weight: 97kgs - 15st 4lbs
Clubs: Ospreys (65)
Sam Lewis joined Warriors from Ospreys in March 2015 and his tireless work in attack and defence has helped to make him a crowd favourite at Sixways. The busy back row hit the ground running, scoring four tries in just five games in Warriors' 2014/15 Championship-winning season, including a hat-trick against London Scottish in the semi-final second leg.

Lewis looked set for a big season during the 2015/16 campaign after being named in the starting line-up to face Northampton Saints in Warriors’ first game back in the top flight. But injury ruled him out of the game and shoulder surgery was required, meaning he was unable to play any part in the 2015/16 season.
ANTON BRESLER to season 2021-22
Born: Windhoek, SW Africa Date of Birth: 16th February 1988
Height: 1.98m - 6ft 6ins Weight: 111kgs - 17st 7lbs
Clubs: Sharks (42), Edinburgh (55)
Anton Bresler joined Warriors from Edinburgh Rugby in December 2017. The Namibian-born second row formerly played for the Sharks in South Africa from 2011 to 2014 where he made 42 Super Rugby appearances and 44 matches in the Currie Cup.

Bresler signed a contract extension with Warriors in December 2019 and has now extended until 2022 Season
NICK SCHONERT to season 2021-22
Born: Durban, S. Africa Date of Birth: 20th September 1991
Height: 1.88m - 6ft 2ins Weight: 119kgs - 18st 10lbs
Internationals: South Africa U20 (5)
Nick Schonert joined Warriors from Super Rugby side the Cheetahs in the summer of 2014. Having established himself as a first team regular from the outset, the tighthead prop made his 100th appearance for Warriors in the Gallagher Premiership match at Northampton Saints in May 2019.

Schonert has quickly established a reputation as one of the best scrummagers in the top flight and has regularly been on the cusp of England selection. He played for an England XV against the Barbarians at Twickenham in May 2018 and was included in training squads for the 2018 Autumn Internationals and in the build-up to the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
GARETH SIMPSON to season 2021-22
Born: Coventry, England Date of Birth: 2nd November 1997
Height: 1.78m - 5ft 10ins Weight: 83kgs - 13st
Clubs: Worcester
Gareth Simpson joined the Three Pears Warriors Academy in the summer of 2019 having spent the second half of the 2018/19 season on trial at Sixways. The fly-half or scrum-half played regularly for the Cavaliers in the Premiership Rugby Shield and for Stourbridge in National Two North. Simpson played for Warriors in the Premiership Rugby Sevens at Northampton in September 2019 and made his senior debut off the bench in the Premiership Rugby Cup victory over Leicester Tigers at Sixways the following week. He scored his first Warriors try when he came on as a replacement in the European Challenge Cup victory over Enisei-STM in Russia.

Simpson played Currie Cup rugby for Kwa-Zulu Natal in his native South Africa before he paid his way to England to further his rugby career. Simpson also had a stint playing for Wellington RFC in New Zealand before he moved to England.
ANDREW KITCHENER to season 2021-22
Born: Shrewsbury, England Date of Birth: 15th July 1996
Height: 2.01m - 6ft 6ins Weight: 113kgs - 17st 11lbs
Clubs: Worcester Warriors
Andrew Kitchener joined the Warriors Academy in 2014 and is the younger brother of Warriors lock Graham Kitchener. After serving his apprenticeship in the Three Pears Warriors Academy the giant lock signed his first professional contract in 2018 and will link up with his brother, who has returned from Leicester Tigers, in the senior squad.

The brothers played against each other for the first and only time when Warriors won at Welford Road in the Premiership Rugby Cup in November 2018. Kitchener impressed in that competition and also the European Challenge Cup where he established a reputation as a fearless tackler and athletic lineout jumper.
NIALL ANNETT to season 2021-22
Born: Belfast, N. Ireland Date of Birth: 7th Mat 1991
Height: 1.85m - 6ft 1ins Weight: 106kgs - 16st 9lbs
Internationals: Emerging Ireland(4), Ireland U20(18)
Niall Annett moved to Sixways from Ulster Rugby in the summer of 2014. Known for his tremendous leadership skills, Annett captained the Ireland Under 20 team at the 2011 Junior World Championship.

In his debut campaign at Sixways, the Irishman made 22 appearances and was a consistent performer as he regularly featured in the A League to help steer Worcester Cavaliers to the final, while he also played in the 2014/15 British & Irish Cup squad that lifted the trophy.

Most significantly, Annett came on to score a last-minute try in the Greene King IPA Championship Final first leg with Bristol Rugby, which proved to be crucial in Warriors' promotion back to the Premiership after winning 59-58 on aggregate.
ISAAC MILLER to season 2021-22
Born: Edinburgh, Scotland Date of Birth: 21st June 1994
Height: 1.78m - 5ft 10ins Weight: 105kgs - 16st 7lbs
Internationals: Scotland U2(5)
Isaac Miller joined Warriors from London Scottish in the summer of 2018. He was injured on his debut against Benetton in Treviso in August 2018 and missed the first three months of the season. Miller made his competitive debut in the European Challenge Cup match in Pau in December 2018 and went on to make five more appearances - all as a replacement - during the season.

Miller celebrated his first start for Warriors with a try against Leicester Tigers in the opening Premiership Rugby Cup match of the 2019/20 season.

The English-qualified hooker has represented Scotland at Under 20 level and previously captained Loughborough Students in National League One.
CORNELL du PREEZ to season 2021-22
Born: Port Elizabeth, S.A. Date of Birth: 23rd March 1991
Height: 1.93m - 6ft 4ins Weight: 115kgs - 18st 1lbs
Internationals: Scotland(6), South Africa U20(5)

Scotland international Cornell du Preez joined Warriors from Edinburgh Rugby in the summer of 2018.

He suffered a fractured larynx on his debut against Wasps in the opening Gallagher Premiership match of the season and was expected to miss the remainder of the season. But du Preez defied medical opinion and demonstrated tremendous courage by making his comeback off the bench in the European Challenge Cup quarter-final against Harlequins.

Known as a powerful ball carrier, Du Preez has won six caps for his country since making his international debut against England in 2017. The giant back row made over 100 appearances for Edinburgh and helped the Scottish outfit to the European Challenge Cup final in 2015.

Before his move to Scotland, Du Preez crossed the whitewash 11 times for the Eastern Province Kings in just 23 appearances and played 16 times for the Kings in the 2013 Super Rugby season.

ASHLEY BECK to season 2021-22
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Internationals: Wales(7)
Wales international Ashley Beck arrived at Sixways from Ospreys in the summer of 2018. The centre made his Warriors debut against Sale Sharks in September 2018 and started his first game for the Club against Exeter Chiefs three weeks later. However, Beck was then ruled out for the rest of 2018/19 campaign when he broke his leg against Stade Francais in a European Challenge Cup clash in October.

Beck made a successful return to action in the opening Premiership Rugby Cup match of the 2019/20 season in which he scored his first try for Warriors.

The 29-year-old came through the Ospreys Academy and represented Wales at Under 16, 18 and 20 levels. Beck went on to make his full Wales debut against Australia in 2012 and won seven caps for his country, also crossing for two tries. He scored 30 tries in 137 appearances during his time at the Liberty Stadium, while he also counts Aberavon RFC as a former club.
RICHARD PALFRAMAN to season 2020-21
Born: Easy London, South Africa Date of Birth: 20th December 1993
Height: 1.85M - 6ft 1ins Weight: 120kgs - 18St 12lbs
Clubs: London Irish

Tighthead prop Richard Palframan joined Warriors in the summer of 2019 from Greene King IPA Championship club London Scottish. Palframan made his Warriors debut as a replacement in the Premiership Rugby Cup match at Bath in September 2019 but suffered a head injury within two minutes of taking the field and took no further part in the match.

He recovered to play the full second half of the Premiership Rugby Cup match at Wasps two weeks later. Palframan made his first Premiership start for Warriors in the win at Harlequins in November 2019. Palframan scored his first Warriors try in the European Challenge Cup victory over Enisei-STM in Russia the following week.

Palframan began his career in his native South Africa where he was educated at Rondebosch High School in Cape Town and played Under-19s rugby for Natal Sharks. He came to England in 2012 and joined the London Irish Academy as an 18-year-old. Palframan went on to play Premiership and Championship rugby for Irish before joining Scottish in 2018.

JUSTIN CLEGG to season 2021-22
Born: Birmingham, England Date of Birth: 11th January 1997
Height: 2.03m - 6ft 8ins Weight: 108kgs - 17st 0lbs
Internationals: England U20(6)
Justin Clegg joined the Warriors Senior Academy ahead of the 2016/17 season before being promoted to the first-team in the summer of 2018. The giant lock combined his Academy rugby with a place at Durham University where he studied History and made his first-team debut in November 2016 in the Anglo-Welsh Cup against Bristol Rugby at Sixways.

Clegg was also part of the England Under 20s squad which won the 2017 Six Nations and also reached the final of the World Rugby Under 20 Championship, where they were defeated by New Zealand. The second row came through the Warriors age-group sides and has also represented England at Under 17 and 18 levels.

“I am a reasonably local boy and I support Worcester so it is great to go out there and represent the club on the pitch,” Clegg said. “If I am not (selected) it is great to still be a fan and get close access. “It’s something that I cherish.”

TOM DODD to Season 2021-2022
Born: Warwick, England Date of Birth: 28th October 1997
Height: 1.91m - 6ft 3ins Weight: 109kgs - 17st 2lbs
Internationals: Scotland U20(5)
The back row was an important part of the Warriors Under 18 side which reached its first-ever Finals Day in the 2015/16 season and was also part of the England Counties Under 18 squad. He also featured for Worcester Cavaliers throughout the 2016/17 campaign before playing for Scotland Under 20s in the 2017 Six Nations and helping them to a best-ever finish in the World Rugby Under 20 Championship, as they defeated Australia to book a fifth-place finish in the tournament.

Dodd also spent time with Luctonians RFC during the 2016/17 season on dual registration, before playing for Birmingham Moseley and Stourbridge RFC in 2017/18.

The back row, who has played five times for Scotland Under 20s, made his Warriors first-team debut in an Anglo-Welsh Cup clash against Sale Sharks at Sixways in November 2017.

CALEB MONTGOMERY - to season 2021-2022
Born: Portadown, N Ireland Date of Birth: 19th June 1995
Height: 1.91m - 6ft 3ins Weight: 105kgs - 16st 7lbs
Clubs: Banbridge, Ulster
Caleb Montgomery joined Warriors in the summer of 2019 from Pro-14 side Ulster. Montgomery played for Warriors in the Premiership Rugby Sevens at Northampton in September 2019 and made a successful debut in the Premiership Rugby Cup match against Leicester Tigers the following week which he celebrated with his maiden try. But a wrist injury, which required surgery, then ruled Montgomery out for three months of the season.

The talented back-row forward made his senior debut for Ulster as a replacement in their Pro-14 match against Leinster in January 2019 and was a regular in their A team during the 2018/19 season. He was part of the Ulster A team that took part in the Cara Cup tournament in the United States in March 2019.

Portadown-born played club rugby for Banbridge in the All Ireland League during his time with Ulster.
TOM HOWE - to season 2021-2022
Born: Milton keynes, England Date of Birth: 3rd June 1995
Height: 1.83m - 6ft 0ins Weight: 93kgs - 14st 8lbs
International: England U18, England U20
Tom Howe joined Warriors from the Wasps Academy in the summer of 2017.

During his time at Sixways Howe has established a reputation as a potent try-scorer across all competitions. Howe's haul of 11 tries in first team competitions in 2018/19 included a last minute winner against Leicester Tigers at Sixways in the Gallagher Premiership in February.

He scored his first hat-trick of tries for Warriors in the Premiership Rugby Cup defeat by Exeter Chiefs at Sixways in October 2019, scoring his first from a driving maul, the second after a brilliant break by Jamie Shillcock and his third from a superb chip-and-chase.

The exciting young wing was a regular through the England age-groups having helped the Under 20s to the Junior World Championship title in 2016.
Marco Mama
Born: Kaduna, Nigeria Date of Birth: 27 Mar 91 - 29yrs
Height: 1.85m - 6ft 1ins Weight: 105kgs - 16st 7lbs
Clubs: Bristol
 
 
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New Signings for 2020-2021
Jonathon Thomas - Forwards Coach
 Thomas played for Wales at Under 16, Youth, Under 19, Under 21 and Sevens level. He made his international debut against Australia in 2003.

He became noticed by many during the 2003 Rugby World Cup in the match against New Zealand for his man of the match display. He also played in the 2007 Rugby World Cup.

Thomas was part of two Six Nations Grand Slams, in 2005, and in 2008 where he started every game. Thomas was included in every Wales Six Nations squad between 2004 and 2011.

In his appearances for Wales he scored seven tries.

“JT shares the passion and ambition we all have for Warriors to become a successful Premiership club,” said Warriors’ Director of Rugby Alan Solomons. “He was a popular and respected captain of the club and is excited by the prospect of returning to Sixways and working with a talented squad, particularly the outstanding crop of youngsters that we have coming through.

“I have known JT since 2017 when we worked together during the time I was employed as a consultant at Bristol Rugby. He is a fantastic bloke, an outstanding leader and an exceptionally gifted young coach. “He is passionate, ambitious and enthusiastic and will be a great asset to the club. I am really looking forward to working with him again.”
Matt Sherratt - Backs & Attack Coach
 Sherratt’s talents were recognised with his appointment as Wales’ Backs Coach, working with Head Coach Rob Howley during the 2016/17 season including the summer tour to Samoa and Tonga. He joined Ospreys at the start of last season but will leave the Liberty Stadium at the end of this season to take up his new role with Warriors.

Warriors Director of Rugby Alan Solomons said: ““It is great news for the club that Matt will be joining us next season as Attack and Backs coach. 

“He is an outstanding coach with an excellent reputation and has strong links with the club, having begun his coaching career with the Academy here at Sixways. So it’s really a question of welcome back Jockey – as Matt is known.  “He has also had the benefit of coaching Wales in the 2016/17 season which included the Six Nations and a summer tour to Samoa and Tonga.

“I know that he is highly thought of by the Welsh International players. In addition, he is friends with our Academy Manager, Mike Hall, and our incoming forwards coach, Jonathan Thomas, which augurs well for the synergy of our staff. Over and above all that he is a terrific bloke and I am really looking forward to working with him.”

“Matt is a popular and respected figure with all the players and staff at the Ospreys,” said Andrew Millward, the Ospreys Managing Director. “We were all disappointed with his decision to leave at the end of the season but understand his desire to be closer to his young family.
BILLY SEARLE to season 2021 - 2022
Born: Exeter, England Date of Birth: 25th March1996
Height: 1.78m - 5ft 10ins Weight: 85kgs - 13st 5lbs
Clubs:Bristol, Wasps
Internationals:Cornwall (8)
Searle, 23, is the first new recruit to be announced and follows the re-signing of 14 members of the current squad on contract extensions.

Devonian Searle played two years of Premiership, Championship and European Challenge Cup rugby for Bristol after rising through the National Leagues with Launceston and Plymouth Albion, he then joined Wasps in the summer of 2018.

Billy is now relishing the prospect of joining Warriors. “I’m really happy to announce that I will be joining Worcester Warriors next season,” Searle said. “The opportunity to develop my game under the guidance of Alan Solomons, Jonathan Thomas, Matt Sherratt and the rest of the coaching team is extremely exciting.

“The talent coming through at Worcester makes for exciting times and I hope I can help the club to challenge in all competitions. “The atmosphere at Worcester has always been one of the best in the Premiership, so to play in front of them on a regular basis will be a huge honour.

Searle started playing junior rugby at Okehampton whilst at school at Okehampton College.

He left Okehampton to start his senior career at nearby Launceston in the fourth division (National League 2 South).

After impressing for Cornwall in their 2015 County Championship win he moved onto third division side Plymouth Albion.

After one season in Plymouth Searle moved up to Premiership side Bristol to join their academy. On 11 May 2018 Wasps announced Searle would join them that summer.

Mat Kvesic
Born: Iserlohn, Germany Date of Birth: 14 Apr 1992 - 28yrs
Height: 1.88m - 6ft 2ins Weight: 105kgs - 16st 7lbs
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Kvesic became Warriors’ youngest player in the professional era when he made his debut against Scarlets in an Anglo-Welsh Cup match in November 2009 having arrived at Sixways from Blundell’s School in Devon.

He has won four England caps, the most recent against Italy in a Rugby World Cup warm-up match in Newcastle last August, and his decision to return to Sixways has delighted Warriors’ Director of Rugby Alan Solomons. “Matt’s decision to commit his long-term future to Warriors is a major coup for the club,” Solomons said. “Matt started his career at Sixways and it is terrific that we are bringing him home the same as we did with Graham Kitchener.

“He is a physical, abrasive, durable, top-class loose forward, who has deservedly been capped by England.

“Obviously I’m very excited about heading back to Worcester, a club which showed faith in me and gave me an opportunity as a 14-year-old,” Kvesic said. “For me, it’s my hometown club and it’s where everything in terms of senior rugby really started. “Having the opportunity to go back, working under new coaches and with new team-mates, it’s something that really excites me and I’m looking forward to what the future holds and the challenges ahead.

“I know I am heading back to Worcester a much different and, hopefully, a much improved player from the one that left seven years ago. “It’s been a massive learning curve for me, full of ups and downs, but I’m determined to do my best for Worcester.

Joe Batley
Born: Portsmouth, England Date of Birth: 27 jun 1996 - 23
Height: 2m - 6ft 6ins Weight: q24kgs - 19st 7lbs
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Having played his formative rugby for Gosport & Fareham – where his parents and brother are still actively involved – Batley was signed by Gloucester where he developed through the Academy to the senior squad. He joined Bristol in 2017 but his career was disrupted when he was diagnosed with stage two Hodgkin’s Lymphoma during the Bears’ Greene Ling IPA Championship-winning campaign the following year. He was given the all-clear to resume playing after a course of debilitating chemotherapy and was on loan at Leicester Tigers before the Gallagher Premiership season was interrupted by the Coronavirus pandemic lockdown.

Batley, 6ft 6ins tall, has been capped by England at Under-18s and Under-21s levels and his arrival has been welcomed by Director of Rugby Solomons. “We are delighted to welcome Bats to Sixways. He is a big, athletic, young English lock, who has gained representative honours for England at age grade level,” said Solomons. “He has worked with both JT and Iro which will be of huge benefit as he seeks to make his mark at the club. “He is also a first-class bloke who I look forward to working with.”

“Obviously I know Jonathan Thomas and Mark Irish really well. I have enjoyed working with them over the last three years at Bristol so the chance to continue working with them was something that really excited me,” Batley said. “I enjoy their coaching ethos and how they want the game to be played so it will be nice to keep that going as well as being in a new environment with a new bunch of boys. “From the conversations I have had with Solly, he’s got a very good vision about what he wants the club to achieve and I want to be part of that.”

 
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