WALES international hooker Scott Baldwin has become Warriors’ sixth new signing for the 2021/22 season.
Baldwin, capped 34 times between 2013 and 2017, will arrive at Sixways during the summer from Harlequins for whom he has been in sparkling form since he joined them from Ospreys two years ago.
The move will see Baldwin, 32, link up again with Warriors Head Coach Jonathan Thomas, who was a team-mate at Ospreys, Senior Assistant Coach Mark Jones, a former Wales Backs Coach, and Backs and Attack Coach Matt Sherratt, who joined Warriors from Ospreys last summer.
“I’m very excited about joining Worcester,” Baldwin said.
“I’ve worked with Matt Sherratt at Ospreys, played with Jonathan Thomas and also been coached by Mark Jones for the Welsh national side.
“They are all quality coaches and good people who I know have big ambitions for Worcester. I’m really looking forward to joining a talented squad and being part of this exciting journey.”
Thomas believes that, like fellow new recruits Willi Heinz and Will Chudley, Baldwin will add valuable experience and leadership qualities to the squad at Sixways which will help the development of the crop of talented youngsters.
“We are really pleased that Scott has signed for us,” Thomas said.
“I know Scott well from his Ospreys days and, as with Willi Heinz, we feel that he will bring good leadership to the team.
“He has been in the Premiership Team of the Week for the last few weeks which clearly shows that he is still one of the best hookers in the competition.
“But we also feel there is a dual benefit for us in that he can help to bring through our young hookers like Beck Cutting and help to develop them as well as adding quality experience.
“He’s a 30-plus cap international and he is a huge signing for the club.
“He’s a big man, he has presence up front. His strength is his set piece and he is someone who has always executed his role well under pressure. “
Baldwin is the second player Warriors have signed from Harlequins in recent weeks followinh former England wing Chris Ashton who arrived in January on a contract until the end of the 2021/22 season.
“It is great news for the club that Scott, who is in a rich vein of form at the moment, has decided to join us,” said Warriors Director of Rugby Alan Solomons.
“Scott is a quality and experienced hooker, who has proved himself at international level. He is particularly strong at the set piece and he will add huge value to our pack.
“He knows JT, Mark Jones and Matt Sherratt who all speak highly of Scott and we all look forward to welcoming him here at Sixways.”