Worcester complete clear out
May 21, 2011
Worcester celebrated promotion to the Aviva Premiership last week © Getty Images
Worcester Warriors have announced that ten players will be leaving the club as they prepare for their return to the Aviva Premiership.
Worcester sealed their promotion last week with a 25-20 second-leg Championship final victory over the Cornish Pirates, giving them a 46-32 aggregate win. Of the most high profile players Callum Black is moving on to Ulster, James Collins to Sale Sharks and England Saxons lock Graham Kitchener has yet to confirm his next club, though he is widely tipped to move to Leicester Tigers.
Veteran forwards Adam Black and Greg Rawlinson are retiring from professional rugby while Will Bowley, Rob Higgitt, Oriol Ripol, Willie Walker and Andy Williams have all been released after their contracts expired at the end of the season.
"Every single player in the squad has played their part in a memorable and very successful season in the Championship," Hill said. "On behalf of myself and the coaching staff, I'd like to thank them for their efforts during their time at Sixways. They have all been true Warriors this season and we wish them well for the future."
Worcester have already confirmed the signing of Shaun Perry, James Percival, Ceri Jones, Chris Jones, Josh Drauniniu, Errie Claassens, Danny Gray, Ollie Hayes, Sione Tu'ipulotu and George Porter.
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
As Ray McLoughlin prepares to celebrate his 75th birthday, Huw Richards pays tribute to the man and the selectors who had the wisdom to bring him into the Ireland fold
John Taylor argues the world's best XVs players must be given a chance to play in the Olympics to increase the appeal of the game
The All Blacks' form is not a peaking issue, but Hansen must threaten to wield his axe, to demand improvement, Craig Dowd writes
"It has been the World Cup that smashed down the gender barriers of the sport." Tom Hamilton looks back at a remarkable tournament