Harries and Cox joy at re-signing

Experienced Wales back-row Sioned Harries and pacey back Carys Cox have signed on for more at Sixways Stadium as the excitement builds towards the 2021/22 Allianz Premier 15s season.

The pair have been integral to Warriors’ progress in recent years, both underlining their class in attack last term with Harries scoring 11 tries during a monster campaign.

59 Wales caps to her name and a successful media career in full flow, the all-action back-row was the catalyst for Warriors doing the double over Bristol Bears last season coupled with a hat-trick at Gloucester-Harpury, which went some way towards securing a top seven finish in the league.

Harries has featured at three World Cups as well as representing Wales 7s at the Commonwealth Games in Australia’s Gold Coast in 2018.

“I’m absolutely chuffed to be playing another season for Warriors,” said Harries, 32, who is currently part of S4C’s coverage of the Lions’ Test series.

“The support and confidence the girls and all the coaches have given me over the past season, has been priceless. I couldn’t see myself anywhere else as I love being a Warrior.”

Explosive full-back Cox joins Harries on the retention list, having made an immediate impact upon her return from injury towards the end of last season.

The 22-year-old, who made the switch to Sixways in 2018 following a stint with Bristol, crossed the whitewash against Saracens on the opening day of the 2020/21 season, but her campaign was curtailed due to injury.

She made a try-scoring return to the starting XV at Loughborough Lightning in February and was an ever-present throughout March and April as Warriors sealed victories over Sale Sharks and Bristol.

Berkshire-born Cox was part of the England Under-20s team that lifted the Tri-Nations Cup in 2019, and she captained Cardiff Met.

“I couldn’t be happier to be re-signing with Worcester as the professional set-up and support we get is phenomenal,” added Cox.

“I can’t wait to see this team perform when the season gets underway and I’m excited to see what we can achieve.”

Warriors Women Director of Rugby Jo Yapp, who has already secured the services of a string of key individuals for next season, said: “We are so pleased to see Sioned remain with us here at Warriors. She is an experienced player who brings a real edge to the field, and she is a very strong ball carrier.

“She comes off the back of a really good season and we are looking forward to seeing her perform again this year.

“Having missed a lot of the games in the early part of the season, it was great to see Carys back on the field in the second half.

“She has worked really hard this pre-season and we are excited to seeher back in a Warriors shirt and see how she progresses and performs this season.”