27th November 2019
Posted by: Faithful_City (IP Logged)
Date: 27 November, 2019 18:51
Director of Rugby Alan Solomons spoke to the media today ahead of Saturdayís Gallagher Premiership match against Sale Sharks at Sixways (kick-off 3.00pm).
Hereís what Alan had to say:
On Ted Hill signing a contract extension
I am absolutely delighted. Itís fantastic news for the club.
We have made it clear we want to build the club through the medium of our young players and Ted is one of our leading lights.
He is one of the best young players in England but he is Worcester born-and-bred and he wants to stay with us.
Heís also a fantastic bloke which is also important for the club.
I think he will become a permanent fixture in the England side, itís just a matter of time. Heís a superb rugby player, heís very humble and he goes about his business in a very good way.
On the return of Jonathan Thomas as Forwards Coach next season
JT was a fantastic player who played for Wales 67 times, he played for Warriors and he also captained the club. He also lives in the county and he shares the ambitions we have for Warriors.
I worked with him when I was a consultant at Bristol. JT is a fantastic bloke, an outstanding leader and an exceptionally gifted young coach.
We want to have a strong Worcester flavour, not just in the playing squad, but also in our coaches. Mike Hall has already re-joined us from Bristol as Manager of the Three Pears Warriors Academy.
On the trip to Castres
The result could have gone either way but I didnít think that we were totally on our game. We had a couple of line breaks that could have led to tries but didnít.
We conceded two soft tries albeit there was what seemed to be a clear forward pass in the build-up to the first.
The positive is that it was good preparation for what is going to be a very tough afternoon on Saturday.
Itís going to be another tough game. They got strength in depth and they made some significant signings from South Africa.
Itís still very early in the season but we are reasonably pleased with the start we have had.
Weíve made a solid start. We were disappointed that we didnít beat Exeter but in our last Gallagher Premiership match at Harlequins we handled the dreadful conditions well and deservedly came away with a win when we were missing seven players.
Matt Moulds, Francois Hougaard and Nick Schonert all returned from injuries against Castres and are available for selection again this week.
Dean Hammond has suffered a Lisfranc injury, similar to the one sustained by Alex Hearle. He wonít require surgery but he will be out of action for around 12 weeks.
Matti Williams has an adductor muscle injury and will be out for between six and eight weeks.
Andrew Kitchener suffered a rib injury against Enisei-STM. He wonít be fit this week but he should be ready to face Dragons the following week.
Marco Mama is still two or three weeks away from playing.
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