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Weir and Butler sign extended Sixways deals

Correspondent 26th Dec, 2018

FLY-HALF Duncan Weir and promising young talent Will Butler have become the latest names to pen new deals to remain at Worcester Warriors.

Scotland international Weir has been a revelation since moving to Sixways in the summer from Edinburgh Rugby, while Butler has progressed through the youth ranks.

Warriors director of rugby Alan Solomons said: “Duncan has shown he is one of the best fly-halves in the Premiership. He has been a key player for us this season and has given the team real direction.

“Will is a talented young player with excellent leadership skills.

“His ability has been recognised at international age-grade level and I have no doubt that he will play a key role in the club going forward.”

Weir has been key to Warriors’ strong early-season form. He has made 11 appearances in all competitions for Warriors and has racked up 119 points.

The fly-half has been consistent with the boot and has a kicking accuracy of almost 91 per cent in the Gallagher Premiership courtesy of 30 successful kicks from 33 attempts.

His last 19 kicks in the Premiership have all sailed through the posts and he is the second top scorer in the league with 87 points.

Weir said: “These lads are all pulling in the same direction and working hard for each other, and that shows with the way we’ve been playing.”

Butler made his first-team debut against Enisei-STM in October 2016 and scored two tries against Northampton Saints last season in only his second Premiership appearance.

The centre joined the Warriors set-up aged 14 and made his way through the age groups, helping the Under-18s to Finals Day success both in 2016 and 2017.

The 20-year-old has represented England from Under-17s to Under-20s levels, helping the U20s win the Six Nations in 2017 and reach the World Rugby Under-20s Championship final later that year.

“Solly [Solomons] and the coaches have been clear about where they are taking the club and the players have all bought in to what they are working to achieve,” Butler said.

 

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