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A38
Press Conference Notes
A38 (IP Logged)
28 November, 2017 16:20
We are now seeing every week notes on the Press Conferences prepared and published by the Club.

Here is the latest example:-

[warriors.co.uk]

Credit I think to the Club which has taken note of the criticism that we were reading news from the WN rather than from the Club itself. This was a point made, I think, at the meeting a few weeks ago.

In turn would it be appropriate if these notes appeared as a "sticky" each week rather than get lost in the general listing? It would be an acknowledgement that we appreciated that the Club was listening.



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Re: Press Conference Notes
TeflonTed (IP Logged)
28 November, 2017 16:21
Excellent idea.

And would save PE having to dig up editorial contributions to keep the site active.

 
MSR-Worcester
Re: Press Conference Notes
MSR-Worcester (IP Logged)
28 November, 2017 16:31
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Worcester News [www.worcesternews.co.uk

WORCESTER Warriors face a battle to keep hold of Dean Hammond with Northampton Saints eyeing up a replacement for George North.

Hammond is understood to have attracted interest from Saints after scoring six tries in his last eight appearances for Warriors.

The explosive back joined Worcester’s academy from South Africa's Western Province in September 2013 before establishing himself in the first team.

The 25-year-old has notched 25 tries in 58 outings for the Sixways side and scored a hat-trick in the 45-37 defeat at Harlequins in the Anglo-Welsh Cup earlier this month.

But Hammond’s contract is due to end next summer and Warriors are believed to be facing competition from Northampton for his signature.

Saints are understood to be in the market for a winger after it was announced last week North would be leaving Franklin’s Gardens at the end of this season.

North, who has won 69 caps for his country, will return to Wales on a national dual contract.

Warriors' director of rugby Gary Gold said he was unaware of any possible interest from Northampton.

But he insisted Hammond was among a number of players he had started talks with.

“I don’t know anything about Northampton so I can’t comment about that,” Gold said.

“It’s interesting as you aren’t supposed to be talking to players before the window.

“But the talks are going the same with Dean as they are with every player.

“We will have initial conversations and then we will wait and see what the options are.

“We will give our intentions as to what we want to do with Dean and then let the system take care of itself.

“Dean has obviously played very well to keep Perry Humphreys out of the team as he is a class player.”

Interesting story from the Worcester News. At the moment Adams and Heem are playing too well to be dropped. Dean may fancy a move if he feels he's blocked. However a replacement for George North is a bit strong!

 
A38
Re: Press Conference Notes
A38 (IP Logged)
05 December, 2017 19:31
[warriors.co.uk]

Press Conference Notes

Warriors Head Coach Carl Hogg spoke to the media today ahead of Saturday’s European Challenge Cup game with Oyonnax at Sixways (kick-off 3pm).

Here’s what he had to say:

We were disappointed with the Sale Sharks performance last weekend as we lacked the accuracy we had in previous games.
The Aviva Premiership is relentless and there are no easy games. It’s the best competition in the world.
We must focus on ourselves this weekend.
Oyonnax have held on to possession for the longest period in the Top 14 and they’re also a very physical side so we expect them to play from all over the park.
We will change the group slightly this week and there will be opportunities for guys to put their hands up for Premiership selection.
Kurt Haupt could play while Jamie Shillcock may be fit.
There were a few knocks from the weekend but nothing significant.

 
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Re: Press Conference Notes
Faithful_City (IP Logged)
06 December, 2017 10:29
Nothing significant

Broken Nose?

JP

 
Latecomer
Re: Press Conference Notes
Latecomer (IP Logged)
06 December, 2017 13:02
There is certainly a lot less content in Carl's press briefing than when GG does it !!
I guess GG has gone home to see the family.

I for one would like to hear some re-assuring comments about recruitment, contracts, new owners etc., even if they were only paying us lip service.............

Don't like reading made up scaremongering headlines in the Worcester News (eg Ryan Mills story). Talk about twisting his words all for a headline !!

 
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Re: Press Conference Notes
Powick Eastander (IP Logged)
12 December, 2017 17:45
The latest Press conference notes

[warriors.co.uk]

Press Conferences Notes

Warriors Head Coach Carl Hogg spoke to the media today ahead of Friday night’s European Challenge Cup clash with Oyonnax at Stade Charles-Mathon.

Here’s what he had to say:

We stuck to task last weekend. We didn’t panic after a slow start and we got our just rewards.

Michael Dowsett and Sam Olver did a fine job of keeping us in the right areas of the field, as did Luke Baldwin when he came on.

It will be a hostile environment in Oyonnax on Friday, as all French grounds are, but we are relishing the challenge.

We will have to step up physically from last weekend.

They have a 3G pitch now so it will be a similar surface to Sixways.

It will be a tough ask to progress to the knockout stages but we will take it week by week and build on each performance.

We need to win this game and we’re focusing on what’s in front of us.

It will be a similar squad but we are waiting on the fitness of Dean Hammond after a knock last weekend.

The group don’t get distracted by things off the field. We all just focus on ourselves.



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A38
Re: Press Conference Notes
A38 (IP Logged)
19 December, 2017 16:19
[warriors.co.uk]

I know that this duplicates the entry on the Injuries thread.

 
usa warrior
Re: Press Conference Notes
usa warrior (IP Logged)
02 January, 2018 17:21
[warriors.co.uk]

Saracens was a difficult test but it was some feat to be the first team to score four tries against them in the league this season.

The first-half we played well but they got on top of us in the second period with their excellent kicking game.

Sam Olver, Gareth Milasinovich and Darren Barry stepped up well.

There will be pace and tempo in Friday night’s match against Bath and it will be a physical encounter.

The squad will be largely unchanged.

Will Spencer should be fit for Friday’s game.

Nick Schonert is out for approximately six weeks with an ankle injury.

Jono Lance has returned to Australia while he recovers from a broken hand.

Ben Te’o is due to come back from injury in January.



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w4rriorz1980
Re: Press Conference Notes
w4rriorz1980 (IP Logged)
03 January, 2018 07:36
Quote:
usa warrior
http://warriors.co.uk/2018/01/02/press-conference-notes-02-01/
Saracens was a difficult test but it was some feat to be the first team to score four tries against them in the league this season.

The first-half we played well but they got on top of us in the second period with their excellent kicking game.

Sam Olver, Gareth Milasinovich and Darren Barry stepped up well.

There will be pace and tempo in Friday night’s match against Bath and it will be a physical encounter.

The squad will be largely unchanged.

Will Spencer should be fit for Friday’s game.

Nick Schonert is out for approximately six weeks with an ankle injury.

Jono Lance has returned to Australia while he recovers from a broken hand.

Ben Te’o is due to come back from injury in January.
Jono is not coming back at all is he?

 
usa warrior
Re: Press Conference Notes
usa warrior (IP Logged)
03 January, 2018 07:56
See the "Lance to Stay" thread - negotiations still taking place so no news at present

 
A38
Re: Press Conference Notes
A38 (IP Logged)
09 January, 2018 16:50

 
A38
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A38 (IP Logged)
16 January, 2018 17:44

 
A38
Re: Press Conference Notes
A38 (IP Logged)
23 January, 2018 17:32
[warriors.co.uk]

Press Conference Notes
Backs Coach Sam Vesty spoke to the local media today ahead of Saturday’s Anglo-Welsh Cup clash with Exeter Chiefs at Sixways (kick-off 3pm).

Here’s what he had to say:

European Challenge Cup

We played some nice rugby in the European Challenge Cup but we let some games slip which cost us our place in the quarter-finals.
We have to keep the boys playing so making changes and giving some players time off is key.
It’s a squad game nowadays and the depth of your squad gets tested.
Anglo-Welsh Cup/Exeter Chiefs

We will use the next couple of weeks to give all the squad some game time.
The Anglo-Welsh Cup is an opportunity to play well and get some form going.
Anton Bresler will get an opportunity.
Exeter will be looking to put their brand of rugby on the pitch.
But our focus will be on our own performance and if we can get that right we’re capable of beating them.
Alan Solomons

Bringing in Alan Solomons as Director of Rugby has been a smooth transition.
We’re all about trying to play a balanced game and he has given us some stability.
Injuries

Pierce Phillips will be out for six to ten weeks with an ankle injury.
Perry Humphreys is out for six to ten weeks with an MCL injury.
Michael Dowsett is out for three to four weeks with a hand injury.



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A38
Re: Press Conference Notes
A38 (IP Logged)
30 January, 2018 16:33
[warriors.co.uk]

Warriors Backs Coach Sam Vesty spoke to the media today ahead of Friday’s Anglo-Welsh Cup game with Dragons at Rodney Parade (kick-off 7.30pm).

Here’s what he had to say:

Anglo-Welsh Cup

We played pretty well against Exeter Chiefs, especially in the second-half. These boys showed they are never going to give up but our performance can still get better.
Qualification depends on other results but we can only concentrate on our game against Dragons. We have to go to Rodney Parade and win.
There will be changes to the side on Friday and the players will give everything they’ve got.
Dragons are a tough side and they will have a never-say-die attitude. It will be a bruising, physical encounter.

Josh Adams
I’m delighted that Josh has been named in the Wales side for their NatWest 6 Nations game with Scotland. He’s put in a lot of work since he moved to Sixways and we’re proud of him.
The players sent Josh a video message after our meeting on Tuesday to wish him the best of luck.

Dean Hammond
Dean is a very good winger and a very good finisher. We have a strong set of wingers and Dean is someone who has always put his hand up when he’s had opportunities.

Wynand Olivier
Wynand Olivier has undergone an operation to a hamstring tendon and will be out for 12-16 weeks.

England Under 20s
The England Under 20s squad has been populated with a lot of Warriors players in the last three years. It’s a testament to the work the Academy staff are doing here.
Young players are the future and it’s only a matter of time until they’re playing first-team rugby for Warriors.

Training Techniques
Worcestershire County Cricket Club players Daryl Mitchell and Ben Cox joined us at Sixways on Tuesday to do some skills work with our backs. It’s important to keep things fresh for our players and change up what they’re doing. It was a really good session and it got the lads thinking.



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A38
Re: Press Conference Notes
A38 (IP Logged)
06 February, 2018 19:25
I know that these notes have been referenced elsewhere but I'm copying them in here to keep the notes all in one place as they accrue.

.[warriors.co.uk]

Director of Rugby Alan Solomons spoke to the media today ( 6 February 2018) ahead of Warriors’ Aviva Premiership trip to Exeter Chiefs on Saturday at Sandy Park (kick-off 2pm).

Here’s what he said:

Anglo-Welsh Cup and young players
The game against Dragons could have gone either way. There were a lot of positives to take from the game with players such as Andrew Kitchener and Tom Dodd impressing, and also schoolboy Ollie Lawrence.
We’ve got some really good youngsters and you can see that from our representation at England age-grade level, and we have to give those youngsters opportunities.
It was also good to get Anton Bresler some gametime and Nick Schonert looked good after returning from injury.

Luke Baldwin
Luke played well on Friday night. He is a bouncy, lively character and a great person around the squad. He is a decent player.

Exeter Chiefs
Exeter are an outstanding club. We have a massive challenge at the weekend.
They are a side built on solid foundations and Rob Baxter is an excellent coach.
They are a model club, they are efficient and well-drilled.

Upcoming block of Premiership games
The whole squad have played over the last few weeks and now we have a key block of games coming up.
It was important a lot of players had some gametime as we haven’t had any A League fixtures and we don’t have any now till March.

Carl Hogg
Hoggy is a terrific guy and a good coach but he feels it’s time for him to move on at the end of the season.
The fact of professional rugby is that people move on and that’s just the nature of the game.

Players returning
Nick Schonert has worked hard to get back from injury while Will Spencer took part in practice today and should be good to go for the weekend.
Bryce Heem returned after a two-week break and said he feels refreshed.
We gave breaks to a lot of guys in January as the season is so attritional and you want to make sure they are in good shape.

Bryce Heem and Jack Singleton
Bryce Heem is under contract. He’s happy here and playing good rugby. Jack Singleton is under contract too.



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A38
Re: Press Conference Notes
A38 (IP Logged)
13 February, 2018 16:51
[warriors.co.uk]

Director of Rugby Alan Solomons spoke to the press today ahead of Warriors’ Aviva Premiership clash with Gloucester Rugby at Sixways on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

Here’s what he had to say:

Exeter Chiefs win
It was a remarkable performance. It was a tense finish but it was a magnificent defensive display both at the breakdown and tackling.
We enjoyed the moment but since Monday’s review, all our focus has been on Gloucester.

Jamie Shillcock
Shilly had a really good game against Exeter. He managed the game well. He is level-headed and mature and it really helped having Francois Hougaard and Ryan Mills by his side.

Gloucester preview
It will be another tough fixture but we’re determined to do well in front of our home support.
There’s the derby element to it and they’ve been travelling well so we expect a good contest.
No doubt there will be more movement than the last game.
We have to perform to the best of our ability to have a chance of getting the result we want, like we’ve done against Northampton, Leicester and Exeter this season.

Cornell du Preez
I know him from his time at the Kings. He had an outstanding first season in Super Rugby, he is a fantastic footballer and is a strong, tough guy.
He has a fantastic skillset, like that of a back, and is relishing the challenge of playing in the Premiership.

Ashley Beck
The Welsh produce some magnificent backs. Ashley is a terrific player.
I’ve come across him in the Pro 14 and he’s a fine footballer with international experience and I’m sure he’ll make a valuable contribution to this team.
He felt he needed a fresh challenge after having
been at Ospreys for a very long time. They are a great club but sometimes people feel it’s the right time for a new challenge.

Callum Black
He has obviously been at Worcester before and to sign a loosehead of the calibre of Callum is great.
He is a fine scrummager and a terrific player.

Marco Mama
Marco is a terrific loose forward and an athlete. We have missed him but hopefully he’ll be back soon.
He has been training incredibly and we expect him back this season.

David Denton
He has been happy at Sixways and that’s been reflected by how well he has played and his international call-up.
He has really improved. But professional sport is like business and you sometimes make the decision to go elsewhere.
We are really fortunate that we’ve been able to pick up a loose forward in Cornell and with Marco extending, we’re certainly not short of players in the back row. We’re in a good position.

Duncan Weir’s proposed loan move
He was recalled by Edinburgh and that’s the situation at present. He trained last week but we’re hopeful he may still come to Sixways. We’d like him here but we’ll have to see what happens.

Injury/team news
Joe Taufete’e is out for approximately eight to ten weeks with an MCL injury sustained while on international duty with USA.
Francois Hougaard picked up an ankle knock but we will make a decision on his fitness later this week.
Will Spencer should be fine for this weekend.
Scotland and Wales players are eligible to return to their clubs for training, so Josh Adams and David Denton are back with us.
Jonny Arr is available for selection after playing for Birmingham Moseley last weekend. He had 40 minutes of rugby as he needed some game time and he came through unscathed.

 
Brummagem Bertie
Re: Press Conference Notes
Brummagem Bertie (IP Logged)
13 February, 2018 17:11
Will be gobsmacked if Jonny Arr doesn't feature in his testimonial game. Bench spot and, depending on the state of the game, last 20/5 minutes?



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A38
Re: Press Conference Notes
A38 (IP Logged)
13 February, 2018 17:33
It certainly looks that way.

 
w4rriorz1980
Re: Press Conference Notes
w4rriorz1980 (IP Logged)
13 February, 2018 17:42
Quote:
A38
https://warriors.co.uk/2018/02/13/press-conference-notes-13-02-18/
Director of Rugby Alan Solomons spoke to the press today ahead of Warriors’ Aviva Premiership clash with Gloucester Rugby at Sixways on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

Here’s what he had to say:

Exeter Chiefs win
It was a remarkable performance. It was a tense finish but it was a magnificent defensive display both at the breakdown and tackling.
We enjoyed the moment but since Monday’s review, all our focus has been on Gloucester.

Jamie Shillcock
Shilly had a really good game against Exeter. He managed the game well. He is level-headed and mature and it really helped having Francois Hougaard and Ryan Mills by his side.

Gloucester preview
It will be another tough fixture but we’re determined to do well in front of our home support.
There’s the derby element to it and they’ve been travelling well so we expect a good contest.
No doubt there will be more movement than the last game.
We have to perform to the best of our ability to have a chance of getting the result we want, like we’ve done against Northampton, Leicester and Exeter this season.

Cornell du Preez
I know him from his time at the Kings. He had an outstanding first season in Super Rugby, he is a fantastic footballer and is a strong, tough guy.
He has a fantastic skillset, like that of a back, and is relishing the challenge of playing in the Premiership.

Ashley Beck
The Welsh produce some magnificent backs. Ashley is a terrific player.
I’ve come across him in the Pro 14 and he’s a fine footballer with international experience and I’m sure he’ll make a valuable contribution to this team.
He felt he needed a fresh challenge after having
been at Ospreys for a very long time. They are a great club but sometimes people feel it’s the right time for a new challenge.

Callum Black
He has obviously been at Worcester before and to sign a loosehead of the calibre of Callum is great.
He is a fine scrummager and a terrific player.

Marco Mama
Marco is a terrific loose forward and an athlete. We have missed him but hopefully he’ll be back soon.
He has been training incredibly and we expect him back this season.

David Denton
He has been happy at Sixways and that’s been reflected by how well he has played and his international call-up.
He has really improved. But professional sport is like business and you sometimes make the decision to go elsewhere.
We are really fortunate that we’ve been able to pick up a loose forward in Cornell and with Marco extending, we’re certainly not short of players in the back row. We’re in a good position.

Duncan Weir’s proposed loan move
He was recalled by Edinburgh and that’s the situation at present. He trained last week but we’re hopeful he may still come to Sixways. We’d like him here but we’ll have to see what happens.

Injury/team news
Joe Taufete’e is out for approximately eight to ten weeks with an MCL injury sustained while on international duty with USA.
Francois Hougaard picked up an ankle knock but we will make a decision on his fitness later this week.
Will Spencer should be fine for this weekend.
Scotland and Wales players are eligible to return to their clubs for training, so Josh Adams and David Denton are back with us.
Jonny Arr is available for selection after playing for Birmingham Moseley last weekend. He had 40 minutes of rugby as he needed some game time and he came through unscathed.
"Eligible to return to their clubs for training."
Is that exactly what it days on the tin or can they play for us?

 
Brummagem Bertie
Re: Press Conference Notes
Brummagem Bertie (IP Logged)
13 February, 2018 19:12
Free to play, if selected, as I understand it.



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w4rriorz1980
Re: Press Conference Notes
w4rriorz1980 (IP Logged)
13 February, 2018 20:23
Quote:
Brummagem Bertie
Free to play, if selected, as I understand it.
Thanks for the clarification BB.
In hindsight I guess the different unions will want their internationals match sharp hence releasing them.

 
Brummagem Bertie
Re: Press Conference Notes
Brummagem Bertie (IP Logged)
13 February, 2018 21:37
I think it's something to do with the off weekends not being classed as part of the international window? This means that the unions have to release those players who play for clubs in different countries.

Most of them (bar the French?) have an agreement in place with their respective domestic clubs, which allow them to keep their own players if they want to, so we won't be seeing Teo.

That's how I understand it, anyway, but I might be wrong.



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A38
Re: Press Conference Notes
A38 (IP Logged)
21 February, 2018 16:47
[warriors.co.uk]

Press Conference Notes
Director of Rugby Alan Solomons spoke to the press today ahead of Sunday’s Aviva Premiership clash with London Irish at the Madejski Stadium (kick-off 1pm).

Here’s what he had to say:

Gloucester performance
Backing up our win over Exeter Chiefs was important.
It was also important to produce a good performance in front of our home fans.
The first-half was a really good balance in both defence and attack. We managed the game well.
The second-half lost a bit of rhythm as lineouts didn’t operate as well as they could have but it was a gritty, determined defensive display which was really pleasing.

Defence
We made 233 tackles against Exeter and another 216 against Gloucester.
The players are taking great pride in their defence and it’s really positive to see.
London Irish

It’s a very big game and it’ll be a challenge. It’s important for both teams.
The nature of the occasion means it’s going to be tough from the off.
They’re a determined team and give a good account of themselves when they play. They were good against Northampton and they have some decent players.
Confidence

Confidence within the camp is certainly boosted after a couple of wins.
But everything is performance-focused and we must continue to try and perform to the best of our ability from week to week.
Alafoti Faosiliva

He had one of his best games for Warriors last weekend.
He is a physical, powerful carrier and in collision you can see his strength and explosiveness.

Isaac Miller
He is a good, young player who’s been starting a lot of games for London Scottish and has a leadership role, having captained them.
He will be an ideal fit at Sixways and he has lots of potential.

Michael Heaney
I watched him for Doncaster Knights a couple of times and he is a really good game manager.
His former club Ulster speak very highly of him.
He has a good head on his shoulders, he has a good understanding of the game and kicks well.

Players making the step up from the Championship
You only have to look as far as players like Darren Barry to see how players can make the move to the Premiership from the Championship and succeed.

2018/19 squad
I’m happy with how things are shaping up. We have strength in depth and a good blend of experience and youth.

Josh Adams
I’m disappointed for him that he hasn’t been selected for Wales but we’re always delighted to have him at Warriors.
He has recently played on two of the biggest stages in world rugby – Twickenham and the Principality Stadium.

Selection/team news
I’m positive that Sam Lewis will be available. He has gone through the return-to-play protocol.
I’m also positive that Francois Hougaard and Will Spencer will be fit for the weekend.
Josh Adams will be available for selection.

 
Brummagem Bertie
Re: Press Conference Notes
Brummagem Bertie (IP Logged)
21 February, 2018 18:54
Some very good team news at the end there. Thanks A38.



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