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Press Conference Notes - Season 2018/2019
Posted by: A38
Date: 06/07/2018 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 todayís Gallagher Premiership Rugby fixture announcement.

Hereís what he had to say:

Pre-season
Iím very happy with the progress weíve made. Weíre into our third week now. Training has been ramped up every week.
Weíre looking forward to our camp in Valencia, Spain on Sunday. Itíll be another tough week.
We always have the rugby balls out immediately. Youíve normally got one shot at your conditioning and thatís usually the opening six weeks of pre-season. After that youíre pretty much into playing.
When we return after the camp weíll start moving that balance a bit more towards the rugby and after a couple of weeks weíll 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 Iíve really been pleased about is the effort thatís been put in. The conditions are pretty warm and everyone is giving their all.

Spain
Itís important. Weíve got some new players and some new staff and itís ideal for us to have a good, hard camp.
I think the lads will enjoy it but itíll 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 Teío 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 Faraiís 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.
Heís 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 heíll be coming over soon after.
We have to give him a fair opportunity. He hasnít been exposed to the level of Premiership Rugby but Jamesí 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
Heís a terrific player and Iím glad he got to play in Argentina. THAT try was some try!
Heís been given five weeks or so off and heíll be back at the end of July. We look forward to welcoming him back.

Jack Singleton
Iím delighted he got selected, it was just a shame he didnít get a Test. He did splendidly in the Barbarians game.
Heíll also join us at the end of the month and both he and Josh will get a pre-season when they get back.

Joe Taufeteíe
Heís a terrific person and rugby player.
His family are all settled in Worcester and thatís going to help lots.
Heís in good shape and he joins us for the camp in Spain. Weíll bleed him in.
These players need proper time off and a proper pre-season.

Matti Williams
Loose forward is an attritional position and itís 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 whatís probably his preferred position (flanker).

Justin Clegg
Heís been studying and hasnít had the opportunity to be in a full-time professional environment yet.
This will be his first season full-time, heís excited and I think heíll be a really good player.

Zac Xiourouppa
Heís been unlucky with injuries in recent seasons.
He has potential and at the moment heís out playing in New Zealand with Nick Rigby (Academy prop).
Hopefully he comes through unscathed and he can enjoy a season without injury.
Itís 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 Teío 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
Thereís 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.
Itís nice to start at home and Iím sure itíll be a great test.
We want a good start. Itís the consistency that was lacking and thatís 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 weíre looking to arrange something.
Weíve got some of their lads training with us Ė 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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