Director of Rugby/ Head Coach: Carl Hogg
Captain: Gerrit-Jan van Velze
Stadium: Sixways (Capacity: 12,024)
Last Season: 10th
Worcester they have never been the team to set the league alight but always look as though they are building a squad something that Dean Ryan was working towards.
Worcester have some serious firepower in the backs Biggs and Vuna two gifted winger with pace and for the most part bravery. Cooper Vuna is deadly and Biggs eye for the line is unmatched.
Worcester have no expectation and with Ryan leaving a lot of people are not expecting much from this Worcester side but I think they could surprise a few and take some big scalps this season.
The back row is an area of strength for this club, Mama, Potgieter, van Velze, Kirwan, Dowson these names know the Premiership, they know how hard they have to work. It will be interesting to see how they function.
THREE TO WATCH
Position: Scrum-Half/ Wing Nationality: South African Age: 28 Height: 1.81m Weight: 94kg
The deadly scrum-half is a worthwhile addition, his pace is remarkable and he has the ability to carve open defences with his shift in gear that allows him to burn defenders on the outside.
He also has a great ability to pass and open spaces for his playmakers in the midfield, a really exciting new face at the Sixways.
Position: Centre Nationality: New Zealander (English qualified) Age: 29 Height: 1.88m Weight: 106kg
The cross code convert made some serious noise at Leinster and he is an effective crash ball carrier in the middle of the park and his carrying is that sets him apart.
He can take the ball to the line causing all sorts of problems for opposition defences all over the pitch.
Position: Wing Nationality: Tongan Age: 29 Height: 1.80m Weight: 110kg
A deadly winger who Worcester rely on to find the line. His blistering pace and electric feet make him one of the most deadly finishers in the Premiership.
Vuna is sure to be a key part of Worcester’s Premiership campaign this season due to his attacking brilliance.
Biyi Alo (Saracens, ENG)
Alafoti Fa’osiliva (Bath Rugby, ENG)
Francois Hougaard (South Africa Sevens, SAF)
Marco Mama (Bristol Rugby, ENG)
Dewald Potgieter (Yamaha Jubilo, JAP)
Will Spencer (Bath Rugby, ENG)
Ben Te’o (Leinster, IRE)
Matt Williams (Northampton Saints, ENG)
Jackson Willison (Grenoble, FRA)
Jean-Baptiste Bruzulier (Nevers, FRA)
Ravai Fatiaki (Released, REL)
Dan George (Released, REL)
Matt Gilbert (Hartpury College RFC, ENG)
Alex Grove (Birmingham Moseley, ENG)
Charlie Mulchrone (Harlequins, ENG)
Darren O’Shea (Munster, IRE)
Joe Rees (Rotherham Titans, ENG)
Dan Sanderson (Yorkshire Carnegie, ENG)
Sam Smith (Retired, RET)
Ben Sowrey (Newcastle Falcons, ENG)
Heath Stevens (London Welsh, ENG)
Andy Symons (Gloucester Rugby, ENG)
Hougaard and Te’o show real intent and ambition from Worcester and will improve them massively the recruitment of Potgieter and Mama bolsters the back row.
Mulchrone will be a miss and Symons effective midfield presence could hurt them.
My Worcester Warriors 23
15 Chris Pennell 14 Cooper Vuna 13 Wynand Olivier 12 Ben Te’o 11 Tom Biggs 10 Tom Heathcote 9 Francois Hougaard
1 Nick Schonert 2 Niall Annett 3 James Johnston 4 Tevita Cavubati 5 Donncha O’Callaghan 6 Dewald Potgieter 7 Marco Mama 8 Gerrit-Jan van Velze (Captain)
16 Jaba Bregvadze 17 Val Rapava-Ruskin 18 Na’ama Leleimalefaga 19 Will Spencer 20 Alafoti Fa’osiliva 21 Jonny Arr 22 Ryan Mills 23 Bryce Heem
Worcester will not expecting trophies and relegation could be looming for Carl Hogg’s side.