Under 18 star looking to realise Warriors potential

Under 18 star Zac Xiourouppa is one of Warriors’ young stars in the making.

The flanker, who has developed through Warriors’ youth set-up from the age of 14, is hoping he can push on and one day earn himself a place in the Warriors Senior Academy.

He said: “It’s always been a dream of mine to play for Warriors and when I first got into the set-up at Under 14 level it was a huge confidence boost for me.

“Playing for Warriors was a really special moment. I was made captain of the Under 15s against Leicester for the first time which really helped my development.

“Hopefully now I can continue to impress and earn myself a spot in the full-time, Senior Academy.”

Xiourouppa used to attend Ellesmere College in Shropshire where he was picked up by Warriors and is now studying at Hartpury College.

He is also part of the BMW Performance Academy mentored by former England World Cup-winning flanker Richard Hill.

The 16-year-old trains at Sixways twice a week with the Warriors Under 18 side under the guidance of coaches such as Mark Hewitt and Sam Vesty.

And he explained: “The attention to detail with the coaches and the facilities that we have at Sixways are great.

“Everything is in place for us young guys to try and reach our rugby potential.”

Xiourouppa put in a solid display last weekend despite his Warriors Under 18 side going down 8-0 to Leicester Tigers.

And the openside flanker admits his side are constantly learning.

He added: “We spent most the game in their areas but we just couldn’t quite get over the line.

“There were four or five big opportunities to score with some of those passes going to ground or Leicester putting big tackles in.

“But these games are big learning curves for us. Every time we play we’re learning.

“Our work rate and physicality were great but it was just our execution that was lacking so we need to keep working hard to improve.

“We did a lot of things well and we’re moving in the right direction which is important.”