17th Jun, 2019

Warriors fired up for second cup challenge

Rob George 31st Jan, 2019

WARRIORS return to action on Sunday when they face Wasps in the Premiership Rugby Cup at Sixways (kick-off 3pm) in a bid for semi-final place.

Worcester top Pool Two, having beaten Sale Sharks and Leicester Tigers and secured a try bonus point at Saracens in their first three matches.

Alan Solomon’s men have already secured a home tie in the knockout stages of the European Challenge Cup, having recorded a thrilling win over Stade Francais on Saturday, January 19.

And Warriors’ reward is a Sixways clash with Harlequins in front of the BT Sport cameras, with their quarter-final clash kicking off at 8.15pm on Saturday, March 30.

It will be Warriors’ first European knockout action for a decade after they topped Pool 2 of the competition, courtesy of five wins from six games.

Solomons’ men racked up 19 tries in winning all three of their homes games and securing away victories over Stade Francais in Paris and Ospreys.

Off the field, flanker Carl Kirwan has joined Greene King IPA Championship side Ealing Trailfinders on loan for the rest of the 2018/19 season.

The 27-year-old went straight into the Ealing side to face Yorkshire Carnegie last Sunday (January 27)

Kirwan returned to Warriors’ first-team action in December’s European Challenge Cup victory over Pau at Sixways after a lengthy injury absence.

Director or rugby Solomons said: “Carl has only recently returned to action after injury and it is important he now has an opportunity to play rugby on a regular basis.”

Meanwhile the dates for Warriors’ Gallagher Premiership clashes with Wasps and Sale Sharks have been confirmed.

Warriors will travel to the Ricoh Arena to face Wasps on Saturday, April 6 at 3pm before hosting Sale at Sixways the following Saturday (3pm). The matches have been confirmed after BT Sport announced their live TV schedule for Rounds 18 and 19 of the Gallagher Premiership.

Bath Rugby’s annual trip to Twickenham Stadium for ‘The Clash’ on Saturday, April 5 will be shown live as BT Sport make a bumper start to the Premiership run-in, covering four matches live in Round 18.

This season Bristol Bears are making the trip to HQ to take on Bath Rugby, re-igniting one of the game’s longest-running rivalries, which stretches back 131 years to 1888.

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