Learn more about Warriors’ signings for the 2018/19 season
Warriors have signed ten new players ahead of the 2018/19 campaign. Make sure you know the new faces that’ll be arriving at Sixways…
The Springbok centre has a wealth of experience. With seven international caps and over 50 Super Rugby appearances, Francois Venter will be a vital cog to the Warriors backline in the 2018/19 campaign.
Having also represented the Barbarians, the Emerging Springboks and South Africa Under 20s, Venter is predominantly a 13 who can play at 12.
Warriors fans will be licking their lips at the potential centre combinations next season as the South African arrives on a two-year deal to link up with Ryan Mills, Ben Te’o, Wynand Olivier and fellow new boy Ashley Beck.
Warriors fans have already caught glimpses of the Aussie’s talents during his short spell with the Club earlier this season before he returned to the Queensland Reds in his home country for the 2018 Super Rugby campaign. But the stand-off will be returning in the summer on a two-year deal to reignite the Sixways backline.
A Super Rugby winner with both the Reds and New South Wales Waratahs, Lance has a wealth of experience at the top level, having also been named in 2016’s Wallabies touring squad to France where an untimely injury scuppered his chances of making his international debut.
Scotland international Duncan Weir has a wealth of top-level experience having played 27 times for his country including two appearances at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
The stand-off will arrive at Sixways in the summer from Edinburgh Rugby on a one-year deal.
Weir featured in all but one of Scotland’s 6 Nations campaigns between 2012 and 2017 and played over 100 times for Glasgow Warriors as they reached five consecutive Pro12 semi-finals from 2012 to 2016, finishing as runners-up in 2014 and winning the competition in 2015.
Having played European Champions Cup rugby at Glasgow, Weir moved to Edinburgh in 2016 where he has been part of a side that has reached the European Challenge Cup quarter-finals in the past two seasons, while they are also chasing a spot in the Pro14 semi-finals. He has amassed 221 points in just 30 appearances for the Scottish outfit to date (11/4/18).
The Wales international has spent his career at the Ospreys and will be another fantastic acquisition to Alan Solomons’ backline for the upcoming campaign.
With two tries in his seven international caps, Beck has also racked up over 130 appearances for the Welsh region and has represented his country at Under 16, 18 and 20 level.
A tremendous game manager, Michael Heaney will add more competition for places in the number nine position after signing a one-year deal.
An Ireland Under 20 Six Nations Championship winner, Heaney has plied his trade at both Ulster Rugby and Doncaster Knights, helping the latter reach the Greene King IPA Championship final in 2016 and the semi-finals in 2017.
Heaney has also represented Emerging Ireland.
SCOTT VAN BREDA
A versatile back who can play almost anywhere across the backline, Scott van Breda is also a talented goal-kicker who joins Warriors on a one-year deal.
He racked up 405 points in just 64 games for Eastern Province Kings between 2012 and 2015, helping them win the Currie Cup First Division title. The South African has also played for Western Province and has represented the Stormers and the Kings in Super Rugby.
In his earlier days, Van Breda helped Eastern Province to the 2011 Under 21 Championship final, while he landed a mammoth 90 points in just four games as they won the tournament in 2012.
CORNELL DU PREEZ
POSITION: Back row
The Scotland international will quite literally be a massive addition to the Warriors pack.
With over 100 appearances for Edinburgh Rugby under his belt and having helped the Scottish outfit to the European Challenge Cup final in 2015, Du Preez is a powerful ball-carrier who will add further physicality and power to Warriors’ forwards.
Before his move to Scotland, Du Preez crossed the whitewash 11 times for the Eastern Province Kings in just 23 appearances, while also having played 16 times for the Kings in the 2013 Super Rugby season.
The highly-regarded Kiwi lock has already won a Super Rugby title with the Hurricanes and has vast experience at the top level in New Zealand.
Having also plied his trade for Southland and Auckland in the Mitre 10 Cup, the giant forward will be a welcome asset to the second row when he arrives at Sixways.
Fatialofa also represented the Barbarians in 2016 and is certainly going to be one to watch in the new campaign.
An experienced campaigner, Callum Black will add more strength to the Warriors pack to support loosehead props Ethan Waller and Ryan Bower, after signing a two-year deal.
Having risen through the Worcester ranks and made 51 appearances for Warriors, Callum Black will return to Sixways after a five-year stint in Northern Ireland with Ulster Rugby.
The prop helped Warriors regain their Premiership status in 2011 while he has been part of an Ulster side which reached the quarter-finals of the Heineken Cup in 2013 and 2014, and the final in 2012. With over 140 appearances for the Irish side, Black also helped Ulster compete in four successive Pro 12 semi-finals from 2013 to 2016.
In his younger years Black also represented Ireland at Under 18, 19 and 21 level.
Isaac Miller is a promising English-qualified hooker who has represented Scotland Under 20s and joins Warriors on a one-year deal.
Miller captained Loughborough Students in National League One before switching to London Scottish last year, where he has since enjoyed a fine season, having also skippered the Exiles during their Greene King IPA Championship campaign.