16th Nov, 2018

Buoyant Warriors players receiving some high praise

Rob George 7th Nov, 2018

A TRIO of Worcester Warriors players have been rewarded following the club’s recent run of five wins in a row with honours on the international stage.

Fly-half Duncan Weir has been called into Scotland’s squad for their Autumn Tests against Fiji, South Africa and Argentina.

Weir, 27, has been in sparkling form since he joined Warriors from Edinburgh during the summer and he helped to mastermind a 31-12 victory over Leicester Tigers at Welford Road on Saturday.

He won the last of his 27 Scotland caps against Italy in the 2017 Six Nations and was overlooked for their initial squad for the Autumn Tests.

But he is one of six players who have been added to Gregor Townsend’s squad following injuries to Blade Thompson, James Lang, former Warriors flanker David Denton and Matt Scott.

Weir is the latest Warriors player to be included in an Autumn International squad following Ben Te’o and Ted Hill (England), Josh Adams (Wales) and Joe Taufete’e (USA).

Meanwhile, tighthead prop Nick Schonert has been included in England’s 35-strong squad to prepare for the second Quilter International against New Zealand at Twickenham on Saturday.

The uncapped Schonert was involved in the recent England training camp in Portugal but was left out of the match squad for Saturday’’s narrow victory over South Africa at Twickenham.

Schonert joins his Warriors team-mate Te’o – who started in the centre against the Springboks – in England’s provisional squad for the All Blacks Test.

Schonert, 27, played for England in their non-cap match against the Barbarians at Twickenham at the end of last season having missed out on the tour of Argentina in the summer of 2017 because of a hand injury.

Talented teen Hill has been shortlisted for the Premiership Rugby Cup Breakthrough Player award.

Launched in 2012, the Breakthrough Player Award celebrates and recognises players under the age of 23 who have stood out in the tournament, with previous winners including the likes of Jack Nowell, Jonny May, Tom Collins and Adam Radwan.

Using OPTA match statistics, a forward and back from each round, along with two players with outstanding overall competition statistics, will form a ten-man shortlist, which will be submitted to a fan vote.

The winner will be announced prior to the Premiership Rugby Cup final.

Warriors tackle Saracens at Allianz Park on Sunday (3pm) looking to cement their position at the top of their Premiership Rugby Cup group and make it six wins on the spin in all competitions.

Alan Solomons’ men became only the third side in the last 40 years to win on three consecutive visits to Welford Road – joining the 1997-98 Barbarians and Saracens in 2010-11 in the exclusive club.

Warriors scored four of their five tries in the first half and, although Leicester gave them a physical test in a more attritional and scrappy second period, it was still another impressive performance from Solomons’ side.

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