Worcester Warriors open day proved to be a great success after crowds flocked in to what is set to become an annual event.
Young and old enjoyed a fun packed family day in wonderful weather at Sixways stadium, with many different activities to keep everyone entertained.
Stadium tours were in high demand with extra tours added to make sure all fans got a chance to see behind the scenes. The tours included a stop in at the changing rooms and gym where they could have their photos taken beside the jersey of their favourite player before taking a look around the rest of the ground.
Fans lined up to meet the Warriors and have their shirts, flags and rugby balls signed by the players, including Pat Sanderson, Rico Gear and Chris Latham to name but a few.
Other activities included face painting, touch rugby, kick games and rugby inflatable’s which proved popular with young supporters.
The west car park was a hive of activity with live animal displays including a barn own and Boris the Boa constructor as well as displays from the fire brigade, police and Landrover.
The Warriors open day success was followed by a pre-season friendly against Ebbw Vale. Mike Ruddock opted for a young squad all eager to impress and remind the team selectors the skill and high levels of rugby they are capable of.
The game finished with a close score line 21-20 but the victory belonged to Warriors. First try was scored by Matt Cox who stepped in as Captain due to an injured James Collins. George Crook kicked the conversion and put an impressive kicking displaying taking all three Warriors conversions throughout the game.
By half time the score line was 7-10 to Ebbw Vale with Nick Wakley scoring a try and No 10 Gareth Bowen taking the conversion just before the whistle.
Warriors kicked off the second half with a tries coming from James Freeman and Jordan Page. Vale did their best efforts to spoil the Warriors party with Chris Jenkins grabbing a try in the 70th minute – but in the end it was Warriors who were left celebrating in the sunshine as they were applauded by a happy Sixways crowd.