Symons prepares for proud moment

Andy Symons admits it’ll be a proud moment when he steps out for his 50th Warriors appearance against Leicester Tigers this Saturday (kick-off 3pm). 

The centre, who arrived at Sixways in November 2013, will be moving to London Irish in the summer but hopes he and his teammates can finish the 2015/16 campaign on a high against the league’s top sides. 

He said: “It’ll be a hugely proud moment to have reached 50 appearances for the Club for me and also my family. 

“I’ve had an amazing time at Warriors and I’m very grateful to the coaches and players that have got me to this point.

“I’m excited to finish things on a high and hopefully we can end the season strongly.” 

Symons had a two-year spell at Leicester from 2011 to 2013 and knows Saturday will be a huge test for Warriors against his former side, who are side chasing the Aviva Premiership crown. 

He continued: “They are an impressive side. They’ll be strong up front and possess some good ball-carriers while they have a lot of flair in the back three.

“The centres are extremely dangerous too so we’ve got to be at the top of our game if we are to finish the season well.”

With the trip to Welford Road followed by a visit of Saracens to Sixways to complete the campaign, Symons believes it’s important for Warriors to give it everything they’ve got in their final two encounters. 

He explained: “It’s all internal motivation now. It’s all about making everyone around you proud and putting everything into the jersey. Occasions like this going to Welford Road are great to be a part of.

“We won’t just be happy to roll over and we’ll be looking to gain some pride and step up to one of the best sides in the league.”

Symons, who has accumulated 173 points in his 49 appearances for the Club so far, including eight tries, reflected on some of his proudest moments at Sixways while paying tribute to the staff he has worked alongside during the last three campaigns. 

He added: “Credit goes to the Club for looking after me and getting me back to full fitness last summer as thankfully I haven’t missed too much of this season.

“There are a lot of good staff here and I’ve made some great memories.

“My debut in Cardiff in 2013, scoring a try against Leicester and my full Premiership debut against Saracens were all fantastic moments in my first season. 

“But gaining promotion from the Championship, being involved in that journey and getting the Club to where it belongs was very special. It's something I'll never forget.”