HEAD Coach Carl Hogg insisted the potential of losing centre Ben Te’o to England ahead of the Autumn Internationals would not have an impact on the club.
Hogg made the comment following England coach Eddie Jones’ surprise appearance at Sixways two weeks ago, as he looks to whittle down his 45-man Elite Player Squad (EPS) for Tests against South Africa, Fiji, Argentina and Australia.
The former Melrose, Edinburgh and Scotland back row also said any Warriors player selected for international duty would only benefit his squad in the long-term.
“I wouldn’t be a disappointment to lose Te’o to England. This club is about fulfilling players inspirations to play international rugby. We want to obviously put the club first, but we also want to create an environment where we can produce international players,” said Hogg.
“Whether it’s Ben Te’o, Chris Pennell or Jack Singleton with the England age groups, it’s about us growing together as a team, but also giving individuals recognition at test level.
“The great thing about having players enter an international environment, is they rub shoulders with quality players and learn what other clubs do, which can be brought back to Worcester. There’s always a level of intellect you can bring back and absorb within the club.
“Ben’s going to be hugely influential for us this season. He’s a quality international player and a huge asset to the club.”
England will announce their final EPS next Friday (September 30) ahead of their opening clash against South Africa at Twickenham on Saturday, November 12.