Yapp returns to Sixways as Warriors Women Skills Coach

Warriors Women have appointed England Under-20s Head Coach Jo Yapp as Skills Coach.

Yapp, a former Worcester Ladies scrum-half and England captain, has been Head Coach of Exeter University Women since she retired from playing.

Yapp lead Exeter to back-to-back BUCs titles and the BUCs 7s championship this summer and has combined her time in charge of the university team with her role leading England’s women’s development side.

The 39-year-old, who is the sister of former Warriors fly-half Tony Yapp, guided the junior Red Roses to the Tri-Nations Cup championship in July, with the squad featuring five Warriors Women.

Yapp is the latest arrival at Sixways as Director of Rugby Roy Davies looks to build on the great end-of-season form which saw Warriors claim their first-ever wins in the Tyrrells Premier 15s.

“Jo has relocated back to the area and as soon as I was aware of this I was exceptionally keen to add her expertise to our programme,” Davies said.

“Having worked closely with her to manage U20 players over the last 3 years I’m fully aware of her ethos on player development, and her record at Exeter University speaks for itself.

“The fact she is a club legend with a strong emotional attachment to the club is also very important as we look to progress within the TP15s.”

Yapp, who hails from Shropshire, is also looking forward to returning to her rugby roots.

“I am really excited to be involved with Warriors. This club gave me so much as a player and to be able to come back and be involved as a coach is something I feel privileged to do,” she said.

“Warriors are a young and talented team and I am really looking forward to working with both the players and staff.”