Ultimate Team – Number Eight

Throughout March and April we have been compiling a fan voted Ultimate Team of Warriors stars since the professional era of the club began in 1996.

Supporters can vote on Twitter with four players to chose from in each position. Today we complete the lineup with a number eight. You can vote on our twitter page.

Ultimate team so far:
15 | Chris Pennell – 52% of 559 votes
14 | Bryce Heem – 70% of 552 votes
13 | Sam Tuitupou – 52% of 510 votes
12 | Dale Rasmussen – 46% of 510 votes
11 | Josh Adams – 62% of 687 votes
10 | Duncan Weir – 58% of 1365 votes
9 | Francois Hougaard – 67% of 907 votes
1 | Ryan Bower – 44% of 1558 votes
2 | Gus Creevy – 43% of 643 votes
3 | Nick Schonert – 45% of 609 votes
4 | Donncha O’Callaghan – 76% of 570 votes
5 | Craig Gillies – 81% of 467 votes
6 | Ted Hill – 54% of 836 votes
7 | Sam Lewis – 51% of 888 votes

Jim Jenner
Jim Jenner was known as ‘Gentleman Jim’ for his conduct off the pitch, but on it he was a hard-tackling uncompromising number eight who played for Warriors in the Championship during two spells at Sixways.

He had stints with Exeter and Bristol before he first joined Warriors in 1997 and had a season of Premiership rugby with Newcastle Falcons – and won the Tetley’s Bitter Cup with them – in 2000/01.

Jenner rejoined Warriors but missed out on playing for them in the Premiership as he joined Birmingham & Solihull in 2003.

Jenner was a member of the B&S side that famously dumped Wasps out of the Powergen Cup in 2004 and ended his playing career at Stourbridge.

Drew Hickey

Drew Hickey played for Australia Under-21s and in Sevens before he came to England in 2002.

He impressed playing against Warriors for Orrell in his first season in the Championship and moved to Sixways the following summer.

Having helped Warriors win promotion to the Premiership in his first season in the top flight, Hickey’s skill at the base of the scrum helped the club to consolidate in the top flight.

Hickey made 130 appearances in five seasons with Warriors and scored 84 points. He left for Japan in 2008 and a three-year contract with Kubota Spears before returning to Sydney University, where his career began, as coach.

Kai Horstmann
A full England cap was all that was missing from Kai Horstmann’s impressive CV when he retired at the end of the 2017/18 season.

The Zimbabwe-born back-rower played for England Sevens and won the European Challenge Cup during three years with Harlequins but blossomed after he joined Warriors in 2005.

Horstmann played for England Saxons during his seven years with Warriors and made 173 appearances during that time, scoring 15 tries.

He ended his career at Exeter Chiefs helping them to win the Premiership for the first time in 2017 and the LV=Cup the following season before he retired to take up an off-field role at the club.

GJ van Velze
GJ – Gerrit-Jan to give him his full name – van Velze became the 25th Warriors player to make 100 appearances for the club in the professional era when he came off the bench in the Gallagher Premiership match against Wasps at Sixways in January this year.

He joined Warriors in the summer of 2014 having spent two years at Northampton Saints and played a key role in securing an immediate return to the Premiership in his first season.

Van Velze missed most of the 2016-17 season because of a head injury but he made a successful return to action by making 24 appearances in his comeback campaign.

A mobile and versatile back-row forward and excellent lineout jumper, van Velze captained Warriors from 2014 to 2017 and again from 2018 to this season.