Tom Howe extends his Sixways stay by signing new contract

Free-scoring wing Tom Howe has extended his stay at Sixways by signing a new one-year contract with Warriors.

The 26 -year-old has scored 37 tries in 54 appearances since he joined Warriors from Wasps’ academy in the summer of 2017 including nine in 11 games this season.

Although Howe missed out on a place in the matchday squad for last week’s Premiership Rugby Cup final victory over London Irish he played a key role in getting Warriors to the final.

Having started the season on loan with Coventry in the Championship, Howe scored two tries off the bench in the resounding victory over Bristol Bears in the cup opener in November.

Howe then marked his 50th appearance with a try in the narrow defeat by Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park in March, which helped
Warriors secure two valuable bonus points, and he then scored the only try in a landmark first-ever win against Bath at The Rec which helped Warriors book a place in the semi-finals.

He added another try, with a brilliant acrobatic finish, in the semi-final victory over Gloucester at Kingsholm last month and is now aiming to continue that form next season.

“I’m really pleased to sign my new contract. At the start of the season I wasn’t sure what would happen,” Howe said.

“I chose to go on loan to Coventry at the start of the season to get some game time. I felt like that it gave me a good boost and when I came back for the start of the Premiership Cup it was all gave me a lot of confidence.

“Once I had played a few games I felt I was back to my old self after a tough season last year when I only played four games because of COVID.

“It was just a case of getting back to match fitness and doing what I know I could do. I feel like I’m in a good place now.

“Steve Diamond has said: just do what I have seen you do previously. I feel like I am getting the best out of my rugby ability and I’ve been really enjoying my rugby recently.

“I was gutted not to be involved in the final but it was a massive squad effort from everyone. We used 57 players in the cup, hence why there were celebrations throughout the team because everyone felt a part of it.

“It wasn’t just about the boys who played in the final, it was about everyone who played in the competition, from the first game against Bristol all the way to the final.

“It was good to be part of the group and I’m looking to push on again next season and get a starting shirt.”

Howe was part of England Under-20s’ side that won the Junior World Championship in 2016 and made his mark against Warriors when he scored a try for Wasps in an Anglo Welsh Cup match in November 2016.

“Tom has a fantastic strike-rate in the Premiership,” said Steve Diamond, Warriors’ Lead Rugby Consultant.

“I am looking forward to him developing further over the next couple of years.”