20th Jul, 2018

Delight at Sixways as Weir arrives

Rob George 11th Apr, 2018

WARRIORS’ pursuit of Scotland international Duncan Weir has finally come to an end after the fly-half put pen to paper on a one-year deal.

The 26-year-old becomes Warriors’ tenth signing for the new season having been on director of rugby Alan Solomons’ shopping list since he took charge earlier this year.

Weir almost made the move to Sixways on loan in February before he was recalled by Edinburgh but Solomons has finally got his man, who will provide another top-class option at fly-half.

The Scot has won 27 caps for his country since his debut against France in the 6 Nations in 2012 and made two appearances at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

He was included in all but one of Scotland’s 6 Nations squads between 2012 and 2017, missing out in 2015 due to an arm injury, and has also represented his country at age grade and Sevens levels.

The experienced stand-off began his club career with Glasgow Warriors in 2010 and went on to make over 100 appearances for the 2014/15 Pro12 champions.

He moved to Edinburgh in 2016 and was the club’s top points scorer in his debut campaign. He has gone on to rack up 221 points in 30 games during his time at BT Murrayfield Stadium.

“I am extremely excited to be moving to Sixways this summer to be part of a very talented squad, “ he said.

“Warriors have shown this season that they can beat any team on their day and I am looking forward to working hard to help the club have a successful 2018/19 campaign.”

Solomons added: “We are delighted Duncan has signed as he is a top-class player who possesses experience at the highest level in the game.

“He will provide us with another outstanding option at fly-half as we continue to build an exciting squad ahead of the 2018/19 season and we look forward to welcoming him to the club.”

Warriors travel to the Ricoh Arena on Saturday (3pm) to face a Wasps side packed with quality according to Solomons.

“They play with a lot of pace and width and we’ll have to perform well and I expect there will be a lot of movement in the game,” he said.

“There are no easy games in the Premiership and Wasps are a quality top-four side.”

Warriors took a major step to Premiership survival on Saturday with a 27-13 second half comeback win over visitors Newcastle Falcons.

“The benefits came off the back of the hard work. We showed tremendous resolve and character and dominated possession and territory,” Solomons said.

Jackson Willison and Ethan Waller are both fit for the weekend while Francois Hougaard will be assessed tomorrow (Thursday) and Solomons said he would put the player first before making a final decision on selection.

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