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.
Huw Richards profiles French forward Walter Spanghero, a man who even rugby's hard men thought was a tough nut
"To be part of the Commonwealth Games, I'd wear anything. I'd wear a clown suit." Tom Hamilton talks to Scotland's Sean Lamont
Scrum Sevens looks back at how rugby has fared in both the early Olympics and the past four Commonwealth Games
"Cheika's been phenomenal. He gives you an incredible level of mental strength." Tom Hamilton talks to Waratahs star Jacques Potgieter