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A38
Press Conference Notes - Season 2018/2019
A38 (IP Logged)
06 July, 2018 21:09
[warriors.co.uk]


Here are the first Notes for the coming season:-

Director of Rugby Alan Solomons spoke to the press this afternoon (6 July 2018) following today’s Gallagher Premiership Rugby fixture announcement.

Here’s what he had to say:

Pre-season
I’m very happy with the progress we’ve made. We’re into our third week now. Training has been ramped up every week.
We’re looking forward to our camp in Valencia, Spain on Sunday. It’ll be another tough week.
We always have the rugby balls out immediately. You’ve normally got one shot at your conditioning and that’s usually the opening six weeks of pre-season. After that you’re pretty much into playing.
When we return after the camp we’ll start moving that balance a bit more towards the rugby and after a couple of weeks we’ll be preparing for our pre-season games.
The players have been pretty good. They all received off-season programmes except those that were rehabbing.
What I’ve really been pleased about is the effort that’s been put in. The conditions are pretty warm and everyone is giving their all.

Spain
It’s important. We’ve got some new players and some new staff and it’s ideal for us to have a good, hard camp.
I think the lads will enjoy it but it’ll be a tough camp.
On the Wednesday they will be off and there will be an opportunity for bonding and there will be some team work on the Tuesday afternoon.

Injuries
Bryce Heem had a procedure on his quad last week which went well. He should be back for the start of the season.
Ben Te’o should also be back for the beginning of the season as he continues his recovery.

Farai Mudariki
Former Warrior James Percival (working in France) contacted me and said Farai’s a really good young player with potential. His opinion is highly-valued. It was off the back of that recommendation and then we obviously had a look at clips of him and Mefin Davies looked at his scrummaging and we were impressed.
He has a good background and went to a good rugby school down in South Africa.
He’s a lovely guy, knows Marco Mama and has already had a look around Sixways.
He plays his last Test of the summer for Zimbabwe this weekend and he’ll be coming over soon after.
We have to give him a fair opportunity. He hasn’t been exposed to the level of Premiership Rugby but James’ recommendation was so strong that anything could happen.

The background of a player
This is very important to me. I always want to look at the man before his competency.

Josh Adams
He’s a terrific player and I’m glad he got to play in Argentina. THAT try was some try!
He’s been given five weeks or so off and he’ll be back at the end of July. We look forward to welcoming him back.

Jack Singleton
I’m delighted he got selected, it was just a shame he didn’t get a Test. He did splendidly in the Barbarians game.
He’ll also join us at the end of the month and both he and Josh will get a pre-season when they get back.

Joe Taufete’e
He’s a terrific person and rugby player.
His family are all settled in Worcester and that’s going to help lots.
He’s in good shape and he joins us for the camp in Spain. We’ll bleed him in.
These players need proper time off and a proper pre-season.

Matti Williams
Loose forward is an attritional position and it’s an opportunity for Matti and to see how he tracks.
He is versatile and the ability to play hooker is useful but this is a chance to play what’s probably his preferred position (flanker).

Justin Clegg
He’s been studying and hasn’t had the opportunity to be in a full-time professional environment yet.
This will be his first season full-time, he’s excited and I think he’ll be a really good player.

Zac Xiourouppa
He’s been unlucky with injuries in recent seasons.
He has potential and at the moment he’s out playing in New Zealand with Nick Rigby (Academy prop).
Hopefully he comes through unscathed and he can enjoy a season without injury.
It’s a great opportunity for him out there in Wellington and he should be back in August.

Ollie Lawrence and Ted Hill
The integration with the Academy is absolutely critical to building a top-six sustainable club.
Ollie is coming to camp this week and Ted Hill will also be coming.
Ollie is likely to get more first-team exposure next season. Centre is an attritional position and there are a lot of games and with all the competitions, all the lads are going to be playing.
I think the biggest thing Ollie learned on England duty this summer was what it takes to be a professional. Ben Te’o said he handled himself really well.
Ollie is a good young boy and a fine rugby player.

Luke Baldwin

He is back and enjoying training. He is a livewire and a great bloke to have in the squad.

Jono Lance
Due to come back at start of August when Super Rugby has finished.

Premiership fixtures
There’s no easy game and we know that.
We know we have to give it our best and our season is about consistent performances week in week out and our pre-season is important to that.
It’s nice to start at home and I’m sure it’ll be a great test.
We want a good start. It’s the consistency that was lacking and that’s our big focus and everything else will flow from there.

Birmingham Moseley partnership
We are talking to Birmingham Moseley about a possible practice match in late August.
I speak closely with former Warriors coach Simon Cross and we’re looking to arrange something.
We’ve got some of their lads training with us – Lewis Bean (lock) and James Williams (fly-half) and they will keep training with us before they go back to Moseley.
We might see them play for Worcester Cavaliers this season.



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Brummagem Bertie
Re: Press Conference Notes - Season 2018/2019
Brummagem Bertie (IP Logged)
07 July, 2018 10:14
Some interesting snippets in there.

Good to see that we are making use of our ex-players in spotting talent. In similar vein, it's good to see that we seemed to part with Simon Cross on good enough terms that we look like we might establish a good relationship with Mose that will benefit both our clubs.

Pleased also to see how they are exposing the likes of Ollie and Ted to the fist team environment and the positive feedback Ollie has had from his England training camp.

It will be interesting to see how young Clegg goes now he's full time and how much he can kick on. He has a chance this season to catch up with or even leapfrog Kitch.

Finally, pleased to see good news so far on the injury front.



Whatever you do, do it safely!

 
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Re: Press Conference Notes - Season 2018/2019
TeflonTed (IP Logged)
07 July, 2018 14:00
I think we should rename July as “Optimism Month”.

I recall last year we were mostly positive, and discussing whether “comfortable mid table” was an achievable target than the more realistic “safe 8th/9th”.

Well, we all learned the error of our ways didn’t we.

All the indicators are that this season the changes in management, along with excellent recruitment, make this discussion worthy of repeat.

The caution being, as others have mentioned, that we are not the only premiership club taking positive actions over the pre-season.

My belief is that Bristol won’t settle as quickly as they’d like, despite impressive recruitment, and that both Quins and Saints have difficulties that will take some time to turn around.

My pre-season feeling is that we’re looking at 8th best, 9th most likely, 10th a disappointment.

Diarised!, I’ll remind myself, and either gloat or keep schtum as appropriate.

 
usa warrior
Re: Press Conference Notes - Season 2018/2019
usa warrior (IP Logged)
08 July, 2018 06:48
That sounds a pretty fair assessment Ted.

As with Quins last year though, there's often a team who underperforms quite significantly. Interesting to see if that hits someone who should be mid-table or above.

 
MESSAGES->author
Re: Press Conference Notes - Season 2018/2019
TeflonTed (IP Logged)
08 July, 2018 08:40
My sleeper for a surprise slump would be Bath.

 
BrumBrum
Re: Press Conference Notes - Season 2018/2019
BrumBrum (IP Logged)
08 July, 2018 08:56
Always hard to predict & like/laugh at the idea of 'July as optimistic month' - too true.
It was about this time last year we started hearing about injuries, both long & short. With the short always becoming longer & more serious.
We also started to get snippets that all was not well behind the scenes.
Doesn't seem to be the case this year....yet.

As implied above, as we develop & improve so do others.
Think Bristol could do better than most assume. Not due to the money spent & players recruited, but due to a certain Mr Lam who seems to get extraordinarily performances out of ordinary players in short time periods. Think back to BaaBaas & England.
The key improvement this year should be in 10, Weir is good as is Lance. If we have Hooguard fit & firing, we will do well.

 
Wolftownwarrior
Re: Press Conference Notes - Season 2018/2019
Wolftownwarrior (IP Logged)
08 July, 2018 22:41
Quote:
TeflonTed

I recall last year we were mostly positive, and discussing whether “comfortable mid table” was an achievable target than the more realistic “safe 8th/9th”.

But this season we have two really good 10’s for the first time in a long time!

 
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Re: Press Conference Notes - Season 2018/2019
Fiver (IP Logged)
09 July, 2018 06:49
Quote:
Wolftownwarrior
Quote:
TeflonTed

I recall last year we were mostly positive, and discussing whether “comfortable mid table” was an achievable target than the more realistic “safe 8th/9th”.

But this season we have two really good 10’s for the first time in a long time!

I'm struggling to think of when we last had 2 really good 10s.

 
MESSAGES->author
Re: Press Conference Notes - Season 2018/2019
Faithful_City (IP Logged)
09 July, 2018 09:20
Brown and Drahm, maybe?

JP

 
Patgadd
Re: Press Conference Notes - Season 2018/2019
Patgadd (IP Logged)
09 July, 2018 10:22
Don't forget Jamie; we have three good 10s.

 
usa warrior
Re: Press Conference Notes - Season 2018/2019
usa warrior (IP Logged)
09 July, 2018 10:27
And Mills at a push.

Not doing badly there.

 
Brummagem Bertie
Re: Press Conference Notes - Season 2018/2019
Brummagem Bertie (IP Logged)
09 July, 2018 15:27
Quote:
Faithful_City
Brown and Drahm, maybe?
JP

That's only one really good 10, JP, and James Brown.



Whatever you do, do it safely!

 
Sheldon
Re: Press Conference Notes - Season 2018/2019
Sheldon (IP Logged)
10 July, 2018 12:07
In my view we have only ever had two good tens. Drahm and Goode. I think the two we have now are marginally better but fantastic to have both at the same time!

 
shrewsburyman
Re: Press Conference Notes - Season 2018/2019
shrewsburyman (IP Logged)
11 July, 2018 16:16
Yes Sheldon up to now those were our only two number 10’s

 
A38
Re: Press Conference Notes - Season 2018/2019
A38 (IP Logged)
07 August, 2018 19:58
[warriors.co.uk]

Director of Rugby Alan Solomons spoke to the media today ahead of Friday night’s pre-season clash with Benetton Rugby at Stadio di Monigo (kick-off 8.30pm local, 7.30pm BST).

Here’s what he had to say:

Benetton/team news
We’ll take 28 players to Italy and the aim is to get them all playing 40 minutes of rugby.
Benetton are a good, physical side.
The match will give us an idea of where we are.
Ben Te’o, Josh Adams and Jack Singleton won’t be involved.
Bryce Heem, Ethan Waller and Wynand Olivier are recovering well from operations and should hopefully be back for the start of the season.

Jono Lance
He only finished the Super Rugby season in July so he needed a couple of weeks off after that as he went there straight from his spell here at Sixways.
We are working with him separately now after he arrived at the start of August and getting him up to speed.
He will be integrated into the squad gradually and it’s a similar situation with the likes of Josh Adams and Jack Singleton who have been away this summer on international duty.
Jono is a very useful player who can play at 10, 12 and 15 – having played at 15 for some of the recent Super Rugby campaign.

Hartpury pre-season clash
We will hopefully look at Josh Adams and Jack Singleton for that match.

Birmingham Moseley potential fixture
I am in talks with Simon Cross at Moseley and we are hopeful of a game in a couple of weeks’ time.

The first block of Premiership games
The first block will allow opportunities for all fit players to show what they can do.
We have six Premiership games while there are four Premiership Rugby Shield games so there will be plenty of opportunities.



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A38
Re: Press Conference Notes - Season 2018/2019
A38 (IP Logged)
28 August, 2018 16:29
[warriors.co.uk]

Director of Rugby Alan Solomons spoke to the media today ahead of Saturday’s first Gallagher Premiership match of the season at Sixways against Wasps (kick-off 3pm).

Here’s what he had to say:

Pre-season
It’s been a long one but this is what we’ve been working towards.
It was important to get everyone that was fit some game-time and there’ll be more opportunities in coming weeks with Warriors and Cavaliers matches.

Wasps
They will be a big challenge. Every game this season in the Premiership will be a massive challenge.
There are no easy Saturday afternoons.
Wasps are a good side with some talented individuals so we know they’ll be a tough side to beat.
They have some players missing but they have plenty of strength in depth.
It’s important for us to focus on consistency of performance and the results will take care of themselves if we get the performance right.

Injury news
Isaac Miller is out with a fractured collarbone.
Scott van Breda has a shoulder problem and will be missing for a few weeks.
Jamie Shillcock had a knock to his knee so he’ll be out for a couple of weeks.
Ethan Waller is not far away from a return.
Bryce Heem is back in training.
Will Butler has had an operation on his elbow and is expected back around December time.

Starting at home
Starting at home is good for all involved – the players, staff and supporters.
It’s important to get off to a good start.
We have a heavy block of six Premiership games to get started and the competition will be fierce.

Scott van Breda
He has played all across the backline and he’s a good kicker both from the tee and from hand.

Jamie Shillcock
He will challenge for the ten jersey but he has the ability to play at 15. It’s good to have that versatility.

Goal-kicking
We have five players who can kick including all our fly-halves and both Chris Pennell and Scott van Breda.



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A38
Re: Press Conference Notes - Season 2018/2019
A38 (IP Logged)
05 September, 2018 16:23
[warriors.co.uk]

Director of Rugby Alan Solomons spoke to the media today ahead of Sunday’s Gallagher Premiership match at the AJ Bell Stadium against Sale Sharks (kick-off 3pm).

Here’s what he had to say:

Wasps reaction
I’m disappointed we didn’t win but it was a good performance. We had opportunities and we didn’t take them.
The penalty count was very high. We have taken matters through the correct channels having watched the film and it is going through the process.
It was a positive performance against a top-three side who are always in the play-offs.
Duncan Weir kicked well and was unlucky not to seal it at the end with the drop-goal attempt.

Worcester Cavaliers reaction
Our pack did a splendid job on Monday night and dominated the set-piece. We could and should’ve won that game.
Availability was difficult in the backs. Alex Hearle and Nick David weren’t available but it was pleasing with the comeback at death to get two bonus points against Newcastle.

Cornell du Preez
We will have a clear prognosis on Cornell by the end of the week. He has had to have surgery.
It’s a shame as he was looking good but it was a freak accident. Dan Robson made a good tackle, Cornell fell to the ground and Joe Launchbury fell and his knee struck Cornell in the throat unfortunately.
The doctor was on hand and Cornell was then taken to hospital.
The medical staff have been excellent and the Club’s support has been excellent.
He is in hospital in Birmingham having further surgery and we will await a report from the specialist/surgeon.

Injury news
Anton Bresler’s groin wasn’t 100 per cent before the game last weekend and you can’t play in the Premiership unless you are fully fit. Fortunately Andrew Kitchener stepped up while Pierce Phillips did a good job too.
Carl Kirwan is nearing a comeback. It’s been great to see him back training.
It was also great to see Zac Xiourouppa play on Monday as both have been out for a while.
Marco Mama is looking good and back in practice this week.
Jack Singleton has a neck issue but we will assess him later this week. We are fortunate that we have Niall Annett and Joe Taufete’e who played well last week.
Bryce Heem was outstanding especially after having not played for a while. He had a bit of cramp but he is okay.

Sale preview
Sale will present a different challenge. They have a strong home record.
It didn’t work out last weekend for them against Harlequins so they’ll be up for it.
We will have to look at our squad carefully off the back of the weekend and there could be a couple of changes but we will assess some players later this week.
They’ll be smarting after last week.
We have strength in depth in the loose forwards and those that step up must take their opportunities.



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A38
Re: Press Conference Notes - Season 2018/2019
A38 (IP Logged)
12 September, 2018 16:13
[warriors.co.uk]

Director of Rugby Alan Solomons spoke to the media today ahead of Saturday’s Gallagher Premiership match at Sixways against Newcastle Falcons (kick-off 3pm).

Here’s what he had to say:

Sale Sharks and Wasps reaction
We haven’t got the results we’d have liked to and the result we should have got against Wasps.
Our first-half execution wasn’t good against Sale but we showed great resilience and had an opportunity to win that game at the end.
It was a game of two halves. Our problem in the first-half was that we made too many errors which saw us buried in our half.
The intensity comes from the way you train. The focus is on being more clinical and you have to make sure ball security is good.
The margins at this level are very fine. We’ve landed just on the wrong side a couple of times. If we are more clinical we will end up on the right side, we just have to finish opportunities.

Newcastle Falcons
They have had a lot of stability and continuity with the same core players and coaches over a period of time and that makes a huge difference.
You can see the benefit and they fully deserved their top-four finish last year.
This is a big block of six games and we’ll take it one game at a time.
Our focus is on getting performance right and limiting our opponents’ chances.

Team and selection news
We are optimistic that Francois Hougaard will be available but we’ll make a decision later in the week.
Jonny Arr is an experienced player and Michael Heaney played well when he came on against Sale so we have competition.
Cornell du Preez is still in Birmingham with his partner getting support and we are waiting to hear from the surgeon whether further surgery is needed.
The support has been great but it’s been tough for him. We are hoping the next report is positive and he turns a corner.
Ben Te’o is back in training and took part today. He is not quite ready yet though.
Jack Singleton is back into it and is pretty close to playing after a neck issue.
Ethan Waller (shoulder) is not far off as is Anton Bresler (groin). They should be returning over the next couple of weeks.
Wynand Olivier – He’s been to see a specialist. We are pretty positive he will return shortly.

Cavaliers’ win over Leicester Tigers
Carl Kirwan is over the moon after coming through 40 minutes unscathed. He had a tough time out but now he needs game-time.
The lads played well on Monday, in particular Ted Hill, the front row including Farai Mudariki off the bench and Gareth Milasinovich. It was good to see and for them to get the bonus-point win away.



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A38
Re: Press Conference Notes - Season 2018/2019
A38 (IP Logged)
19 September, 2018 18:20
Director of Rugby Alan Solomons spoke to the media today ahead of Sunday’s Gallagher Premiership match at Welford Road against Leicester Tigers (kick-off 3pm).

Here’s what he had to say:

Newcastle Falcons reaction
We have to manage key moments correctly and take opportunities when they come.
We have intelligent players and lessons will have been absorbed and learnt but you have to finish the opportunities you create.
It was frustrating but those margins are fine. If we do the little things right we will end up on the right side.
It’s about learning lessons and accuracy is important in those conditions.
All the lads are good ball players but concentration and focus has to be there all the time.
The lineout is a collective effort and five things have to go right for it to work. Rory Duncan has done a great job with them. We came unstuck last weekend but it was very good in the first two games.

Leicester preparation
It’s been a good week with good energy in training.
Tigers will be a fantastic challenge. They are one of the oldest clubs around and Welford Road is a famous old ground.
We’ll have to play well to get the opportunity to win again. It’s about us performing to the best of our ability.
To come away with points it must be nothing less than a top-drawer performance.
They’ve picked up since the first game and it could’ve gone either way against Wasps and that was with 14 men.
They have a solid pack of forwards and plenty of experience in Dan Cole, Tom Youngs and David Denton.
With George Ford and Ben Youngs in the half-backs, Manu Tuilagi, Jonny May and Telusa Veainu, they clearly have lots of threats.
My approach is that we have to perform to the best of our ability. We must make good decisions and be accurate in execution in key moments.

Team news/injury news
We have a few bumps and bruises but we will see where we are later in the week.
Bryce Heem has been rested early this week but we are quietly optimistic that he will be fit.
Niall Annett is not 100 per cent due to an ear infection.
Ben Te’o is on the way back and has taken full part in sessions. He is fairly close to returning.
Nick Schonert is fine and fit to play.
Ethan Waller is in full training and we shall assess him.
Wynand Olivier is not in full training yet but is not far off. The European games may be when he returns.
Scott van Breda is making progress but needs to get his strength back. He has a test on Friday.
Perry Humphreys is fine after a hamstring problem.
Matti Williams is back in full training after a back issue.

 
A38
Re: Press Conference Notes - Season 2018/2019
A38 (IP Logged)
26 September, 2018 18:37
Director of Rugby Alan Solomons spoke to the media today ahead of Saturday’s Gallagher Premiership match at Sandy Park against Exeter Chiefs (kick-off 3pm).

Here’s what he had to say:

Leicester Tigers performance
We started on the front foot and we were clinical for 60 minutes which was good to see.
You have to arrest momentum swing and what we did at the death was excellent. We showed first-class resilience to put pressure on them, secure ball from the lineout, go through the phases and score.
We need to understand what can turn the tide and by sticking to task we can get rewards.
This victory was better than last year’s in my opinion as we had to score rather than hold on.
It was important as it generates confidence.

Ted Hill’s Premiership debut and Academy players
It’s important to build the Club through the Academy. It’s fantastic seeing the likes of Ted Hill, Will Butler, Andrew Kitchener, Ollie Lawrence and Justin Clegg having stepped up in recent months.
With Ted taking his opportunity in the Premiership, it’s a boost to other youngsters seeing that, and also that Ted is showing he belongs there.
It is a testament to the Academy staff and the work they have done.
There is complete integration of the Academy players with the first-team both on the practice field and in matches.

Exeter Chiefs preview
Exeter will be a massive challenge. They and Saracens are above all other teams.
They have good players, they are well-prepared and well-coached.
They have had stability and continuity over a long period and those same staff and players for a period of time have made a huge difference and they are reaping the rewards.
We have always believed we can compete against anyone. But we have to perform to the best of our ability to get a result.

Team/injury news
We have a few knocks and if people are not 100 per cent they won’t be risked.
Sam Lewis (hip) we will have to look at.
Pierce Phillips picked up a dislocated thumb at Leicester.
Nick Schonert (dead leg) will be assessed closer to the time.
Ben Te’o has a calf knock. It’s not major but he hasn’t trained with England this week and is not available for selection this weekend.
Ethan Waller fell on his hip in Monday’s Cavaliers game and won’t be considered for this weekend.
Wynand Olivier is getting closer to returning – whether it’s the Premiership Rugby Shield match against Wasps on Monday or the next weekend. We are being conservative with him.

Ollie Lawrence
Ollie Lawrence has done well and has been great for the Cavaliers. He’s certainly in consideration for selection.
He was a terrific player last year when at school! He’s a real talent.
Ollie needs experience and run-outs. He learnt a lot at Treviso and against Hartpury and training in the national set-up was a big help. The energy these youngsters bring like Ollie and Ted is remarkable.

Worcester Cavaliers
We have played really well in the Premiership Rugby Shield.
Luke Scully and Farai Mudariki have done really well, and everyone played well on Monday.
It’s great to have another win under our belts.

 
A38
Re: Press Conference Notes - Season 2018/2019
A38 (IP Logged)
03 October, 2018 16:51
[warriors.co.uk]

Director of Rugby Alan Solomons spoke to the media today ahead of Sunday’s Gallagher Premiership match against Bristol Bears at Sixways Stadium (3pm).

Here’s what he had to say:

Exeter Chiefs
At 21-3 down we showed terrific resolve and resilience and kept them try-less in the second half until the 73rd minute when we were down to 14 men.
Exeter are a power side and there are lessons to be learned but we were pleased with a ot of aspects of our game.

Bristol Bears
Anyone who has watched Bristol in the Championship and their five Premiership matches knows how good they are.
Bristol have prepared well in the Championship. They
have had the same team, the same systems and coaching staff and they have brought in some big players.
They are a possession-based team who are going to keep the ball.
The crowd have a big role to play. We are anticipating a big crowd and our supporters mean a lot to us.
It’s a two-way street. We have to give the crowd something to cheer about.

European Rugby
The lads who have played week in, week out for us will be given a rest after the Gallagher Premiership block.
We have genuine competition for places. That is healthy and the players who play in Europe will compete.
The European matches will give an opportunity for guys who have not been involved as much to put their hands up and show they should be considered.
Rory Duncan will oversee the team in the European Challenge Cup and the Premiership Rugby Cup.

 
w4rriorz1980
Re: Press Conference Notes - Season 2018/2019
w4rriorz1980 (IP Logged)
03 October, 2018 17:10
No mention of the recent takeover.
Which is a good thing.Solomons and co should stick to the rugby side.



Eats,Shoots And Leaves

 
MESSAGES->author
Re: Press Conference Notes - Season 2018/2019
Powick Eastander (IP Logged)
04 October, 2018 06:23
Think you need to read that again..

[quote]Press Conference Notes
Director of Rugby Alan Solomons spoke to the media today ahead of Sunday’s Gallagher Premiership match against Bristol Bears at Sixways Stadium (3pm).

Here’s what he had to say:

Exeter Chiefs

At 21-3 down we showed terrific resolve and resilience and kept them try-less in the second-half until the 73rd minute when we were down to 14 men.
Exeter are a power side and there are lessons to be learned but we were pleased with a lot of aspects of our game.

Bristol Bears

Anyone who has watched Bristol in the Championship and their five Premiership matches knows how good they are.
Bristol have prepared well in the Championship. They have had the same team, the same systems and the same coaching staff and they have brought in some big players.
They are a possession-based team who are going to keep the ball.
The crowd have a big role to play. We are anticipating a big crowd and our supporters mean a lot to us.
It’s a two-way street. We have to give the crowd something to cheer about.

European Rugby

The lads who have played week in, week out for us will be given a rest after the Gallagher Premiership block.
We have genuine competition for places. That is healthy and the players who play in Europe will compete.
The European matches will give an opportunity for guys who have not been involved as much to put their hands up and show they should be considered.
Rory Duncan will oversee the team in the European Challenge Cup and the Premiership Rugby Cup.

Injury News

Josh Adams has trained and is looking good.
Sam Lewis is fully fit.
Duncan Weir is fully fit.
Ethan Waller is back in training again.
Ben Te’o is still struggling a little bit with a calf injury and hasn’t taken part in training this week.
Wynand Olivier is close to playing again.
Cornell du Preez is still in hospital and will be there for another two or three weeks. But he is improving. Everyone has been very supportive.
Jamie Shillcock should be ready for our trip to Paris next week.
Scott van Breda took part in training earlier this week and really enjoyed it. He probably won’t be fit for the first European Challenge Cup match.

New owners

I have met with Jed McCrory and he seems to be a good bloke. He wants to do good things with the Club so it’s positive.
We always get on with our jobs and don’t worry about the things we don’t control but it’s positive for the Club that the sale has now gone through.



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Sheldon
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Are we having one this week. They are a really good source of information on the playing side.

 
A38
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11 October, 2018 19:37
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Warriors Head Coach Rory Duncan spoke to the media ahead of Saturday’s European Challenge Cup match against Stade Francais at the Stade Jean Bouin (kick-off 8pm BST).

Here’s what Rory had to say:

On the Bristol win:

The club as a whole is in a good space and we are hoping to carry that positivity into Europe.
The win was an 80 minutes’ performance and showed what the guys were capable of.


On Stade Francais:

They are second in the Top 14 and an extremely physical team with some big players. They play a momentum game coupled with an intelligent kicking game.
We have done our homework and prepared as best we can. It will be tough but we will be going out there to give it our best shot.
Looking to keep momentum going forward. Important part is to focus on one or two areas we have been good in and build on that.


Injuries:

Ben Te’o not available for selection this weekend.
Wynand Olivier is fit and will be in the squad.
Ethan Waller is also available for selection
Carl Kirwan is not available this weekend and his rehabilitation and treatment is on-going.
Luke Baldwin is available for selection.


Rory’s own role

Looking forward to leading the coaching team in Europe. But Alan Solomons and rest of coaching team will be there so not a lot will change.
But it will be something fresh and exciting after six weeks of Gallagher Premiership and there will be some new faces in Saturday’s squad.
Rory and his wife have settled well in the area.

 
A38
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16 October, 2018 15:46
Warriors Head Coach Rory Duncan spoke to the media ahead of Saturday’s European Challenge Cup match against Ospreys at Sixways (kick-off 3pm).

Here’s what Rory had to say:

On the Stade Francais win
A great way to start the European campaign. Delighted with the efforts of the players and to start with five points away from home.
Impressed with the attitude of the players and how they managed the game.
A number of players were hungry for their opportunity and we now have some good selection headaches.
A special game for all involved. There was a great feeling in the camp which has carried through to this week.

On Ospreys
We know what task lies ahead of us this week. It would be great to back up last week’s performance.
Players have worked hard this week and are in the right frame of mind.
Expecting Ospreys to put out a strong side. They play with a bit of tempo, they have great line speed and they are a territorial team side.
They have done better in the Pro-14 so far this season than they did last season so it’s going to be a tough game.

Selection
All the players will be in this week. Squad to be finalised later in the week but a lot of the players who played in Paris will get another opportunity.
There is competition for positions which should bring out the best in the players.
Injuries

Ashley Beck: He broke a leg in Paris. It’s extremely unfortunate and we wish him all the best.
Ashley is seeing a specialist this week to establish the extent of his injury.

Ben Te’o: Has trained this week and at this moment in time he is available for selection on Saturday.

Alafoti Faosiliva: Recovering from a calf injury but close to fitness.

Josh Adams’ Wales selection
Delighted for Josh. He works extremely hard and, from a coach’s perspective, he’s a nice guy to work with.

Kai Owen’s debut in Paris
Kai has one of the best work ethics in the team and he trained hard in pre-season.
It was a great opportunity for him in Paris. He held his position in the scrum against some fair-sized props and got the penalty in the last scrum.
He’s progressed in last four months and is a player for the future.

 
Brummagem Bertie
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16 October, 2018 17:24
Glad to see that Kai Owen was mentioned and that he stepped up, took his chance, and backed up his form for the Cavs.



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A38
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23 October, 2018 16:05
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Warriors Director of Rugby Alan Solomons spoke to the media ahead of Friday’s Premiership Rugby Cup match against Sale Sharks at Sixways (kick-off 7.45pm).

Here’s what Alan had to say:

On our first two matches in European Challenge Cup
A good performance by a young side against Stade Francais who had virtually their full starting XV out for the second half.
We didn’t play quite so well against Ospreys but the real positive was that we won.
The two matches have been a good test of our strength in depth.

On the Premiership Rugby Cup
We rested players who had played in the majority of the block of six Premiership matches. Those players are now back and will be given game time over the next couple of weeks.
It’s almost three weeks since the Bristol match so they need to play before we return to Premiership action.
Every club will have their own strategy for this competition. We operate a rotation system which allows us to give players rest as well as opportunities.

On selection of Ted Hill, Ben Te’o and Nick Schonert in England’s training squad
Fantastic to see three players from the club recognised. The more players involved the better.
Great to see Ted Hill included. Ollie Lawrence also trained with England last season which reflects well on the club’s Academy system.
We’ve got an excellent crop of youngsters at the moment. A vibrant, flourishing academy is key to us moving forward.

Injuries
Ashley Beck: Ashley broke a leg in Paris and there is also ligament damage which means he will be out for six months.
Jono Lance: Jono is seeing a specialist on Wednesday about a back injury.
Carl Kirwan: Carl is recovering from a hamstring injury and is expected to be playing again by the time we resume our European campaign in early December.

On the new structured season announced by the RFU
Not had a chance to study the agreement in detail but Alan is in favour of ensuring players are properly looked after.
We have just done that by resting players after the first six rounds of Premiership matches. We try to manage our squad well through rotation.



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A38
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A38
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30 October, 2018 16:28
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Warriors Director of Rugby Alan Solomons spoke to the media ahead of Saturday’s Premiership Rugby Cup match against Leicester Tigers at Welford Road (kick-off 3.00pm).

Here’s what Alan had to say:

Last Friday’s win over Sale
A lot of the players hadn’t played for three weeks. It was a competitive game and for a first hit out it was pretty good.
From an all-round perspective he was happy with the performance.

Looking ahead to Leicester
Leicester at Welford Road are always a tough proposition and we are anticipating a tough game.
We had a tough game there in September. They came back strongly but what was great is that right at the death Ted Hill got the try in the corner.
There has been good resolve, resilience and character throughout the season so far.

Injuries
Jono Lance: Has partial stress fracture of the back. He had a similar injury when he was younger from playing cricket. It’s a matter of time before it heals. He will have another scan after six weeks.
Ashley Beck: Has had surgery on his broken leg and he is now on crutches. The specialist is satisfied with the operation but it’s a six month injury.
Chris Pennell: Available for selection this week.
Ryan Mills: Not yet available for selection.
Marco Mama: Not yet available for selection.
Farai Mudariki: Took a blow to the neck against Sale and not available this week.
Anton Bresler: Has passed the concussion protocols and is available this week.
Cornell du Preez: Has been discharged from hospital. Should know by the end of the year what the prognosis is.

Competing on all fronts
We did reasonably well with our recruitment and we felt that we had sufficient depth to compete in all competitions which is what we are trying to do.
Our vision is centred around the academy. Our senior academy players are totally integrated with the senior squad and Gordon Ross and Chim Gale, our academy coaches, are integrated into the coaching system, so it’s seamless.

Michael Fatialofa’s arrival
Michael will arrive in England late on Thursday and is due to meet the squad on Friday.
He had a knee operation after the Super Rugby season but played for Auckland in their Mitre 10 Cup final victory last Saturday. Not yet decided when he will make his Warriors debut.



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A38
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07 November, 2018 17:02
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Warriors Director of Rugby Alan Solomons spoke to the media ahead of Sunday’s Premiership Rugby Cup match at Saracens.

Here’s what Alan had to say:

On the win at Leicester
A game of two halves. We scored some very good tries in the first half gave away too many penalties and turned over too much ball in the second half which we meant we spent the bulk of that half in defence. We made 202 tackles in the match.
Leicester were missing a lot of their leading players but they are a very good club and it was a tough game.

On Sunday’s match at Saracens
With a six day turnaround before the Bath match in the Gallagher Premiership it’s an opportunity to give players opportunity.
There is strong competition for places at the moment and every time a player gets the opportunity to represent Warriors in whatever the completion it’s the chance for them to put their hand up to be part of the Premiership team.
The side will be coached by Gordon Ross and Mike Hill and managed by Chim Gale. It’s a good opportunity to aid their development as well as that of the players.

International call-ups
Duncan Weir is in the Scotland squad. He’s played very well for us since he joined from Edinburgh.
Nick Schonert is back at the club having been named in England’s 35-man squad for Saturday’s international against New Zealand. Nick is having a terrific season. He’s an international class player and sooner or later he will be given an opportunity by England.

Injuries
Farai Mudariki: Now recovered from the blow to his neck and he’s available for selection this weekend.
Will Butler: Has been integrated back into training but not quite ready for selection.
Pierce Phillips: Probably won’t be considered for selection this week and will benefit from the extra time to fully recover from his injuries.
Ollie Lawrence: Hasn’t trained this week and will not be considered for selection this week.
Justin Clegg: Came on as a replacement against Stade Francais but has a stress fracture of the back.
Ryan Mills: Making good progress and will be fully integrated into training this week.

Michael Fatialofa’s arrival at the club
Michael is settling in well. He’s been working with the conditioning staff this week and he will be integrated into training next week.

 
A38
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13 November, 2018 17:26
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Warriors Director of Rugby Alan Solomons spoke to the media today ahead of Saturday’s Gallagher Premiership match at Bath.

Here’s what Alan had to say:

On inclusion of Ted Hill, Nick Schonert and Ben Te’o in England’s squad for Saturday’s Quilter International against Japan
It’s fantastic to see our players get recognition.
Ted was invited to the recent training camp in Portugal because he’s a terrific young player and he will adjust and adapt if he is picked to play on Saturday.
Nick is a terrific scrummager but he has worked very hard on his all round game.

Looking back at Sunday’s Premiership Rugby Cup match at Saracens
We put a young side out but the young players did well and came away with a bonus point which could have been two. They showed good resolve and resilience.
Players like James Scott, Beck Cutting and Nick David got game time and acquitted themselves well.
It was good to see a lot of the other players down at Saracens supporting the team.

Looking ahead to Bath
Bath are a tough team to beat at home so expecting a hard game.
Like all clubs, when you are playing at home they won’t want anyone to lower their colours.

On the strength of the Premiership this season
Chatting to other Directors of Rugby who have been around a long time, they say it’s the toughest Premiership they have ever been involved in. Every team has good quality players, they are well coached and well prepared.

Michael Fatialofa’s availability
Michael had a heavy programme in New Zealand coming straight from a Super Rugby season into the Mitre 10 Cup.
We have got to be patient and we are not putting him under any pressure to play.

Injuries
Ryan Bower: Has torn an Achilles tendon and he is likely to be out for the rest of the season.
Zac Xiourouppa: Suffered an anterior cruciate ligament knee injury at Saracens and is out for the rest of the season.
Andrew Kitchener: Suffered concussion at Saracens and is going through the return-to-play protocol.
Marco Mama: Still struggling with a hamstring injury and is unlikely to play at Bath.
Ryan Mills: Has trained this week and is available for selection this week.
Pierce Phillips: Fit and available for selection.



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