Warriors Women have completed the signings of Canada wing Paige Farries and England capped scrum-half Caity Mattinson for the 2020/21 Tyrrells Premier 15s season.
Farries, 25, is a quality addition to Jo Yapp’s set-up having been capped 10 times by Canada and underlined her credentials as one of the brightest talents in North America when she raced the full length of the pitch to touchdown against England at the 2019 Women’s Rugby Super Series.
“I’m really looking forward to playing in the Tyrrells Premier 15s as the quality of rugby in the competition is fantastic and it is only getting better every year,” said Farries.
“The challenge of competing and training for Warriors in such a high-performance environment is an absolute dream and is the perfect way for me to spend a season before next year’s World Cup.”
Meanwhile, Mattinson has seven England caps to her name as well as Premier 15s experience from her time at Bristol Bears and DMP Durham Sharks.
Mattinson, who turns 24 on Sunday, captained England U20s prior to winning her first senior cap against Canada in 2017.
Spending the past year playing for Westshore RFC in Canada, Mattinson is delighted to be making the switch to Sixways, adding: “I’ve been fortunate enough to work with Jo previously and I love the environment that her style of coaching creates and I believe it brings out the best in me.
“I’ve spent the last year playing in Canada and I loved it. I feel that I am in a good place to commit fully to Worcester and give as much as I can for the club.
“The standard of the Tyrrells Premier 15s is going up and up every year and I’m excited to embrace the challenge that lies ahead.”
Set to welcome the pair to Sixways when it is safe to train again, Warriors Women Director of Rugby Jo Yapp said: “Having watched Paige for Canada last summer during the internationals, we are really excited to be welcoming her to Worcester.
“Her pace and ability to finish against world class opposition makes her a really exciting signing. We are really pleased that Caity is joining us too and having previously coached her, I know the type of player that she is and I know that she will add value to the squad both on and off the field.”