Hill delighted as Vickery joins Warriors

Head Coach Richard Hill has spoken of his delight at being reunited with Phil Vickery after the prop legend was named new Assistant Forwards Coach at Warriors.

Ex-England international Vickery, who was a member of the 2003 Rugby World Cup winning squad in Australia, enjoyed  a glittering playing career but his roots come from his time with Hill.

The 36-year-old played club rugby at Gloucester for 11 years after being persuaded to move to Kingsholm as a 19-year-old by current Worcester Head Coach Hill.

“I coached Phil at Gloucester at the start of his career and we have kept in touch with him ever since so I know him very well and exactly what he will bring to Warriors,” he said.

“Phil’s reputation in the game goes before him and he will give us huge technical knowledge and ability in the scrum, having only recently finished playing at the very highest level. We have a number of props at the club to develop and he will help enormously.

“His general game understanding is also excellent and we expect him to have an impact in other areas and the way we attack and defend.

“Phil’s attitude is simply superb; he demands excellence and is a winner. When we first spoke he wanted to know what were Worcester’s ambitions, were we determined, once and for all, to move up the league and be a powerful force in English rugby.

“I am absolutely delighted that Phil is now joining the coaching team. The more people in the organisation who have that desire and hunger to win at all costs the better. Nigel Redman, Phil Larder and Phil Vickery are all winners and will all make a big impact on the playing squad in the coming season.”

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“Phil’s attitude is simply superb; he demands excellence and is a winner. When we first spoke he wanted to know what were Worcester’s ambitions, were we determined, once and for all, to move up the league and be a powerful force in English rugby…"