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Warriors board to meet as Ryan and team outline targets

Worcester Editorial 10th Jun, 2015 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

WARRIORS Director of Rugby Dean Ryan is set to meet with board members to discuss his plans for the summer.

Due to the Rugby World Cup kicking-off in September, the Aviva Premiership campaign will not get underway until mid-October.

But, as Warriors only secured their top flight status two weeks ago with their dramatic victory over Bristol in the Greene King IPA Championship play-off final, preparations for the upcoming season are set to kick in at Sixways over the coming weeks.

Chief executive Jim O’Toole revealed Ryan was expected to lay out his vision for the 2015/16 campaign and suggest players he would like to bring to the club.

“The coaches are having a break to get their heads clear before we sit down over the next couple of weeks,” O’Toole said.

“They will be telling us what requirements they think we need and the board will take it on board and we will have a sensible discussion about it.

“They know what the challenges are, but they just need to figure out the solution to those challenges, in terms of personnel.”

However, O’Toole insisted they would not be handing out big pay cheques to players as they attempt to bolster their squad.

“Dean (Ryan) and Carl (Hogg) know exactly where the gaps are, so it is just a case of filling those with the right people,” he said.

“The one thing the rugby management are adamant about is it is not about the cost of a player and salary, it is about the attitude and whether they will add to the group.”

O’Toole added: “We are very realistic about the size of the challenge for us as a business and for the rugby department.

“We know we are not going to win the majority of our games, so it is going to be totally different to our Championship season.

“But we have got some smart guys in charge who will know how to come up with a strategy which will give us the best chance to take something from the games we play.”

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