Warriors sign London Welsh flanker Kirwan

Worcester Warriors are delighted to announce the signing of London Welsh flanker Carl Kirwan, who will join the club at the end of the season.

The 23-year-old, who regularly captains the Exiles, will move to Sixways following two seasons at the Kassam Stadium, during which time he helped the club win promotion to the Aviva Premiership.

Kirwan made a significant impact during his inaugural campaign at Welsh, scoring eight tries in 24 Championship appearances as his side beat Bristol in the play-offs to reach the top-flight, and was subsequently named Supporters Club Player of the Year.

The signing is another illustration of Dean Ryan’s intentions to bring hungry young players to Sixways to lay the foundations for future success in the Aviva Premiership.

Kirwan said: “Having met with Dean Ryan and got a detailed understanding of his vision at Worcester Warriors, it became very clear that the club is somewhere you want to be as an ambitious young player.

“The facilities and infrastructure are second to none, the emphasis on the players creating the club environment going forward is a big motivator and I look forward to being part of that next season.

“As for now my focus is on giving my all to London Welsh until the end of the season.”

Kirwan, who came through the Newcastle Falcons Academy, previously spent two years at Rotherham Titans following a spell with hometown club Middlesbrough, where he combined playing with his job as an offshore scaffolder in the North Sea.

Warriors Director of Rugby Dean Ryan said: “Carl’s leadership capabilities have been demonstrated time and time again during his two seasons at London Welsh and those characteristics will be a significant benefit to this side.

“Developing a team which includes strong leaders is crucial so I am delighted that he has chosen to join us.”