22nd May, 2017

Springbok Olivier signs new deal with Warriors

Aaron Wise 11th May, 2017

CENTRE Wynand Olivier has committed his future to Warriors by signing a new deal with the club.

The Springbok, who has played 41 times for Worcester since arriving at Sixways in October 2015, scored three tries in 18 Aviva Premiership starts during an impressive first season.

The 33-year-old also bagged ten tries in just 23 appearances during the 2016/17 campaign.

Olivier has played for South Africa 38 times with his last appearance coming in June 2014 in a win over Wales. He was also part of the Springboks’ World Cup-winning squad in 2007.

At club level, Olivier was a key component of a successful Bulls side in his home country from 2005 to 2013, where he tasted both Super Rugby and Currie Cup success with the province.

He then moved to France for two seasons with Montpellier, where he made 38 appearances and featured for the illustrious Barbarians at Sixways in September 2015.

“I’ve felt at home since moving to Worcester, where I’ve made some great friends inside and outside the club,” said Olivier.

“Hopefully I can help us push up the table towards our goal of becoming a top-end side,” he added.

Director of rugby Gary Gold said: “Wynand is an experienced international who has been fantastic for us during his first couple of seasons with the club.

“He adds vital know-how to the backline and we’re delighted he’s decided to extend his stay.”