Ultimate Warriors team – Wings

Over the next two weeks we will be compiling a fan voted Ultimate Team of Warriors stars since the professional era of the club began in 1996.

Josh Adams

Josh Adams joined Warriors’ Academy after he was surprisingly released by Scarlets and, having spent a spell on loan at Cinderford, made his Premiership debut against Bath in September 2016.

Adams signed his first senior contract two months later and quickly became a first team regular and Warriors’ most prolific Premiership try-scorer.

Adams won his first Wales cap against Scotland in the 2018 Six Nations, toured Argentina the following summer and established himself as a Wales regular during their Grand Slam-winning campaign in 2019.

He joined Cardiff Blues in the summer of 2019 so that he could remain eligible to play for Wales having scored 39 tries in 65 appearances for Warriors.

Miles Benjamin

Miles Benjamin was a  powerful athlete who first attracted attention as a prolific try-scorer for King Edward’s School in Birmingham and North Midlands county age group teams.

Benjamin joined Warriors straight from school but suffered an early setback when he broke a leg playing in the Middlesex Sevens in August 2006.

A successful loan spell with Birmingham & Solihull showed that Benjamin had lost none of his pace and he soon became a crowd favourite at Sixways, rattling up 300 points in 124 first team appearances in six years.

Benjamin played for England Under-20s and England Saxons and joined Leicester Tigers in 2012 before his career was cut short by a knee injury sustained in 2015.

David Lemi

David Lemi was a prolific try-scorer in club rugby in Europe and during a 54-cap international career with Samoa.

He first came to prominence with Bristol after their coach Richard Hill spotted him playing in the Safari Sevens in Kenya.

After four years with Bristol Lemi had spells with Wasps and Glasgow Warriors before he was reunited with Hill at Sixways where he had four productive seasons.

Lemi scored 12 tries in 34 Premiership matches during his Warriors career and 17 tries in 41 appearances in all competitions.

He rejoined Bristol in 2014 and moved to France in 2018 when he signed for French Pro D2 club Rouen Normandie.

Nick Baxter

Nick Baxter came to rugby late and almost by chance, having turned up to watch a friend play for Kings Norton Colts in Birmingham and being roped in to make up the numbers.

He soon discovered the happy habit of scoring tries and his pace, power and athleticism made him the most prolific try-scorer in National League history, scoring his 150th for Birmingham & Solihull.

Baxter spanned the amateur-professional era having been recruited for Warriors by Phil Maynard who had also been his coach at Kings Norton.

Baxter represented England Sevens and the Barbarians while with Warriors and was a key figure in the club’s rapid rise through the leagues. He scored a club record 29 tries in the 1997/98 season including six – also a record – in a match at Otley.

Marcel Garvey

Marcel Garvey first made his mark playing for Gloucester, his hometown club, where he scored 36 tries in five years.

He joined Warriors in 2006 and became a potent try-scorer with 42 in 125 first team appearances in a six-year career.

Stocky, powerful and explosive, Garvey played for England Saxons and England Sevens and also represented the Barbarians.

Garvey left Sixways in 2012 and became a Top 14 winner in France with Castres Olympique.

Bryce Heem

Bryce Heem joined Warriors in 2015 from Super Rugby Giants Waikato Chief and became an instant hit with Warriors supporters as he scored a debut try against Newcastle Falcons and ended the campaign with five more tries in his last eight matches.

Tall, quick and powerful, Heem was not only a prolific try-scorer with his four seasons at Sixways but a constant nuisance to opposition defences who created openings for others.

Heem, who played for New Zealand Sevens between 2011 and 2014, scored 32 tries in 70 appearances for Warriors.

He left Sixways in the summer of 2019 and joined French Top 14 club Toulon.

Chris Garrard

Chris Garrard was a virtual unknown when he arrived at Sixways in 2001 from Wests in Brisbane although he had played sevens for Australia.

Garrard was initially recruited by Adrian Skeggs, then Warriors’ Director of Rugby, but Skeggs had departed Sixways before Garrard arrived.

Garrard, tall, quick and elusive, filled the gap left by the departure of Nick Baxter to Birmingham & Solihull and scored 25 tries in National One – now the RFU Championship – in a memorable first season at Sixways.

He helped Warriors win promotion to the Premiership for the first time in 2004 but returned to Australia that summer and resumed his career with Wests.

Cooper Vuna

Born in New Zealand of Tongan ancestry, Vuna played international rugby for both Australia and Tonga.

He qualified for Australia on residence on residence having played rugby league for Newcastle Knight and union for Rebels in Super Rugby.

He played two Tests for Australia against Wales in 2012 but then moved to Japan for a two-year stint with Toshiba Brave Lupus before Warriors signed him in 2015.

Vuna’s stint with Warriors may have been brief but he scored 19 tries in 40 appearances over two seasons before joining Bath for the 2018/19 season and Newcastle Falcons for the current campaign.