Worcester Warriors can confirm it is in discussion with the SRU and Scotland head coach Andy Robinson in relation to Alex Grove’s potential involvement in the Rugby World Cup 2011.
Alex’s long-term future remains with Worcester Warriors. His attitude off the pitch and ability on it makes him an important part of our future. Alex has spoken to the chairman to reiterate his long-term commitment and desire to extend his contract at Sixways in the near future.
However, given the opportunity for Alex to play at the Rugby World Cup 2011 for Scotland, the club is speaking to all parties regarding his options and the possibility of a loan agreement for next season. Talks remain on-going and are yet to be agreed.
Alex Grove has also spoken of his long-term commitment to Worcester Warriors.
He said: “My current contract expires in 2011 and following relegation I believed that I had to give very serious consideration to my international aspirations. I have never wanted to leave Worcester and having had Championship experience, I was determined to do what I could to ensure that the Warriors bounced back immediately. However, it has been made very clear to me that my international prospects would evaporate if I play in the Championship.
“With the World Cup only 12 months away, I feel that I have to allow myself every chance of selection to the Scotland squad.
“The club has offered me huge support and in particular Cecil Duckworth, who has proposed that Worcester would agree to a loan arrangement next season, and as such, I would be delighted to extend my current contract.
“I have been at Worcester for four years. I am well settled in the city and would hope to enjoy many more years with the club. After all, the club gave me my opportunity and therefore, I shall always remain in their debt.
“The timing of the World Cup is very awkward in that were it 12 months later for example, I would not consider moving elsewhere under any arrangement.
“This potential agreement will prolong my association with the Warriors for at least a further season and I hope the supporters understand any future decision.”