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Re: Press Conference Notes - Season 2018/2019
Posted by: A38 (IP Logged)
Date: 03 October, 2018 17:51

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Director of Rugby Alan Solomons spoke to the media today ahead of Sundayís Gallagher Premiership match against Bristol Bears at Sixways Stadium (3pm).

Hereís what he had to say:

Exeter Chiefs
At 21-3 down we showed terrific resolve and resilience and kept them try-less in the second half until the 73rd minute when we were down to 14 men.
Exeter are a power side and there are lessons to be learned but we were pleased with a ot of aspects of our game.

Bristol Bears
Anyone who has watched Bristol in the Championship and their five Premiership matches knows how good they are.
Bristol have prepared well in the Championship. They
have had the same team, the same systems and coaching staff and they have brought in some big players.
They are a possession-based team who are going to keep the ball.
The crowd have a big role to play. We are anticipating a big crowd and our supporters mean a lot to us.
Itís a two-way street. We have to give the crowd something to cheer about.

European Rugby
The lads who have played week in, week out for us will be given a rest after the Gallagher Premiership block.
We have genuine competition for places. That is healthy and the players who play in Europe will compete.
The European matches will give an opportunity for guys who have not been involved as much to put their hands up and show they should be considered.
Rory Duncan will oversee the team in the European Challenge Cup and the Premiership Rugby Cup.

Re: Press Conference Notes - Season 2018/2019
Posted by: w4rriorz1980 (IP Logged)
Date: 03 October, 2018 18:10

No mention of the recent takeover.
Which is a good thing.Solomons and co should stick to the rugby side.



Eats,Shoots And Leaves

Re: Press Conference Notes - Season 2018/2019
Posted by: Powick Eastander (IP Logged)
Date: 04 October, 2018 07:23

Think you need to read that again..

[quote]Press Conference Notes
Director of Rugby Alan Solomons spoke to the media today ahead of Sundayís Gallagher Premiership match against Bristol Bears at Sixways Stadium (3pm).

Hereís what he had to say:

Exeter Chiefs

At 21-3 down we showed terrific resolve and resilience and kept them try-less in the second-half until the 73rd minute when we were down to 14 men.
Exeter are a power side and there are lessons to be learned but we were pleased with a lot of aspects of our game.

Bristol Bears

Anyone who has watched Bristol in the Championship and their five Premiership matches knows how good they are.
Bristol have prepared well in the Championship. They have had the same team, the same systems and the same coaching staff and they have brought in some big players.
They are a possession-based team who are going to keep the ball.
The crowd have a big role to play. We are anticipating a big crowd and our supporters mean a lot to us.
Itís a two-way street. We have to give the crowd something to cheer about.

European Rugby

The lads who have played week in, week out for us will be given a rest after the Gallagher Premiership block.
We have genuine competition for places. That is healthy and the players who play in Europe will compete.
The European matches will give an opportunity for guys who have not been involved as much to put their hands up and show they should be considered.
Rory Duncan will oversee the team in the European Challenge Cup and the Premiership Rugby Cup.

Injury News

Josh Adams has trained and is looking good.
Sam Lewis is fully fit.
Duncan Weir is fully fit.
Ethan Waller is back in training again.
Ben Teío is still struggling a little bit with a calf injury and hasnít taken part in training this week.
Wynand Olivier is close to playing again.
Cornell du Preez is still in hospital and will be there for another two or three weeks. But he is improving. Everyone has been very supportive.
Jamie Shillcock should be ready for our trip to Paris next week.
Scott van Breda took part in training earlier this week and really enjoyed it. He probably wonít be fit for the first European Challenge Cup match.

New owners

I have met with Jed McCrory and he seems to be a good bloke. He wants to do good things with the Club so itís positive.
We always get on with our jobs and donít worry about the things we donít control but itís positive for the Club that the sale has now gone through.



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Re: Press Conference Notes - Season 2018/2019
Posted by: Sheldon (IP Logged)
Date: 11 October, 2018 12:13

Are we having one this week. They are a really good source of information on the playing side.

Re: Press Conference Notes - Season 2018/2019
Posted by: A38 (IP Logged)
Date: 11 October, 2018 20:37

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Warriors Head Coach Rory Duncan spoke to the media ahead of Saturdayís European Challenge Cup match against Stade Francais at the Stade Jean Bouin (kick-off 8pm BST).

Hereís what Rory had to say:

On the Bristol win:

The club as a whole is in a good space and we are hoping to carry that positivity into Europe.
The win was an 80 minutesí performance and showed what the guys were capable of.


On Stade Francais:

They are second in the Top 14 and an extremely physical team with some big players. They play a momentum game coupled with an intelligent kicking game.
We have done our homework and prepared as best we can. It will be tough but we will be going out there to give it our best shot.
Looking to keep momentum going forward. Important part is to focus on one or two areas we have been good in and build on that.


Injuries:

Ben Teío not available for selection this weekend.
Wynand Olivier is fit and will be in the squad.
Ethan Waller is also available for selection
Carl Kirwan is not available this weekend and his rehabilitation and treatment is on-going.
Luke Baldwin is available for selection.


Roryís own role

Looking forward to leading the coaching team in Europe. But Alan Solomons and rest of coaching team will be there so not a lot will change.
But it will be something fresh and exciting after six weeks of Gallagher Premiership and there will be some new faces in Saturdayís squad.
Rory and his wife have settled well in the area.

Re: Press Conference Notes - Season 2018/2019
Posted by: A38 (IP Logged)
Date: 16 October, 2018 16:46

Warriors Head Coach Rory Duncan spoke to the media ahead of Saturdayís European Challenge Cup match against Ospreys at Sixways (kick-off 3pm).

Hereís what Rory had to say:

On the Stade Francais win
A great way to start the European campaign. Delighted with the efforts of the players and to start with five points away from home.
Impressed with the attitude of the players and how they managed the game.
A number of players were hungry for their opportunity and we now have some good selection headaches.
A special game for all involved. There was a great feeling in the camp which has carried through to this week.

On Ospreys
We know what task lies ahead of us this week. It would be great to back up last weekís performance.
Players have worked hard this week and are in the right frame of mind.
Expecting Ospreys to put out a strong side. They play with a bit of tempo, they have great line speed and they are a territorial team side.
They have done better in the Pro-14 so far this season than they did last season so itís going to be a tough game.

Selection
All the players will be in this week. Squad to be finalised later in the week but a lot of the players who played in Paris will get another opportunity.
There is competition for positions which should bring out the best in the players.
Injuries

Ashley Beck: He broke a leg in Paris. Itís extremely unfortunate and we wish him all the best.
Ashley is seeing a specialist this week to establish the extent of his injury.

Ben Teío: Has trained this week and at this moment in time he is available for selection on Saturday.

Alafoti Faosiliva: Recovering from a calf injury but close to fitness.

Josh Adamsí Wales selection
Delighted for Josh. He works extremely hard and, from a coachís perspective, heís a nice guy to work with.

Kai Owenís debut in Paris
Kai has one of the best work ethics in the team and he trained hard in pre-season.
It was a great opportunity for him in Paris. He held his position in the scrum against some fair-sized props and got the penalty in the last scrum.
Heís progressed in last four months and is a player for the future.

Re: Press Conference Notes - Season 2018/2019
Posted by: Brummagem Bertie (IP Logged)
Date: 16 October, 2018 18:24

Glad to see that Kai Owen was mentioned and that he stepped up, took his chance, and backed up his form for the Cavs.



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Re: Press Conference Notes - Season 2018/2019
Posted by: A38 (IP Logged)
Date: 23 October, 2018 17:05

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Warriors Director of Rugby Alan Solomons spoke to the media ahead of Fridayís Premiership Rugby Cup match against Sale Sharks at Sixways (kick-off 7.45pm).

Hereís what Alan had to say:

On our first two matches in European Challenge Cup
A good performance by a young side against Stade Francais who had virtually their full starting XV out for the second half.
We didnít play quite so well against Ospreys but the real positive was that we won.
The two matches have been a good test of our strength in depth.

On the Premiership Rugby Cup
We rested players who had played in the majority of the block of six Premiership matches. Those players are now back and will be given game time over the next couple of weeks.
Itís almost three weeks since the Bristol match so they need to play before we return to Premiership action.
Every club will have their own strategy for this competition. We operate a rotation system which allows us to give players rest as well as opportunities.

On selection of Ted Hill, Ben Teío and Nick Schonert in Englandís training squad
Fantastic to see three players from the club recognised. The more players involved the better.
Great to see Ted Hill included. Ollie Lawrence also trained with England last season which reflects well on the clubís Academy system.
Weíve got an excellent crop of youngsters at the moment. A vibrant, flourishing academy is key to us moving forward.

Injuries
Ashley Beck: Ashley broke a leg in Paris and there is also ligament damage which means he will be out for six months.
Jono Lance: Jono is seeing a specialist on Wednesday about a back injury.
Carl Kirwan: Carl is recovering from a hamstring injury and is expected to be playing again by the time we resume our European campaign in early December.

On the new structured season announced by the RFU
Not had a chance to study the agreement in detail but Alan is in favour of ensuring players are properly looked after.
We have just done that by resting players after the first six rounds of Premiership matches. We try to manage our squad well through rotation.



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Re: Press Conference Notes - Season 2018/2019
Posted by: A38 (IP Logged)
Date: 30 October, 2018 16:28


Re: Press Conference Notes - Season 2018/2019
Posted by: A38 (IP Logged)
Date: 30 October, 2018 16:28

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Warriors Director of Rugby Alan Solomons spoke to the media ahead of Saturdayís Premiership Rugby Cup match against Leicester Tigers at Welford Road (kick-off 3.00pm).

Hereís what Alan had to say:

Last Fridayís win over Sale
A lot of the players hadnít played for three weeks. It was a competitive game and for a first hit out it was pretty good.
From an all-round perspective he was happy with the performance.

Looking ahead to Leicester
Leicester at Welford Road are always a tough proposition and we are anticipating a tough game.
We had a tough game there in September. They came back strongly but what was great is that right at the death Ted Hill got the try in the corner.
There has been good resolve, resilience and character throughout the season so far.

Injuries
Jono Lance: Has partial stress fracture of the back. He had a similar injury when he was younger from playing cricket. Itís a matter of time before it heals. He will have another scan after six weeks.
Ashley Beck: Has had surgery on his broken leg and he is now on crutches. The specialist is satisfied with the operation but itís a six month injury.
Chris Pennell: Available for selection this week.
Ryan Mills: Not yet available for selection.
Marco Mama: Not yet available for selection.
Farai Mudariki: Took a blow to the neck against Sale and not available this week.
Anton Bresler: Has passed the concussion protocols and is available this week.
Cornell du Preez: Has been discharged from hospital. Should know by the end of the year what the prognosis is.

Competing on all fronts
We did reasonably well with our recruitment and we felt that we had sufficient depth to compete in all competitions which is what we are trying to do.
Our vision is centred around the academy. Our senior academy players are totally integrated with the senior squad and Gordon Ross and Chim Gale, our academy coaches, are integrated into the coaching system, so itís seamless.

Michael Fatialofaís arrival
Michael will arrive in England late on Thursday and is due to meet the squad on Friday.
He had a knee operation after the Super Rugby season but played for Auckland in their Mitre 10 Cup final victory last Saturday. Not yet decided when he will make his Warriors debut.



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Re: Press Conference Notes - Season 2018/2019
Posted by: A38 (IP Logged)
Date: 07 November, 2018 17:02

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Warriors Director of Rugby Alan Solomons spoke to the media ahead of Sundayís Premiership Rugby Cup match at Saracens.

Hereís what Alan had to say:

On the win at Leicester
A game of two halves. We scored some very good tries in the first half gave away too many penalties and turned over too much ball in the second half which we meant we spent the bulk of that half in defence. We made 202 tackles in the match.
Leicester were missing a lot of their leading players but they are a very good club and it was a tough game.

On Sundayís match at Saracens
With a six day turnaround before the Bath match in the Gallagher Premiership itís an opportunity to give players opportunity.
There is strong competition for places at the moment and every time a player gets the opportunity to represent Warriors in whatever the completion itís the chance for them to put their hand up to be part of the Premiership team.
The side will be coached by Gordon Ross and Mike Hill and managed by Chim Gale. Itís a good opportunity to aid their development as well as that of the players.

International call-ups
Duncan Weir is in the Scotland squad. Heís played very well for us since he joined from Edinburgh.
Nick Schonert is back at the club having been named in Englandís 35-man squad for Saturdayís international against New Zealand. Nick is having a terrific season. Heís an international class player and sooner or later he will be given an opportunity by England.

Injuries
Farai Mudariki: Now recovered from the blow to his neck and heís available for selection this weekend.
Will Butler: Has been integrated back into training but not quite ready for selection.
Pierce Phillips: Probably wonít be considered for selection this week and will benefit from the extra time to fully recover from his injuries.
Ollie Lawrence: Hasnít trained this week and will not be considered for selection this week.
Justin Clegg: Came on as a replacement against Stade Francais but has a stress fracture of the back.
Ryan Mills: Making good progress and will be fully integrated into training this week.

Michael Fatialofaís arrival at the club
Michael is settling in well. Heís been working with the conditioning staff this week and he will be integrated into training next week.

Re: Press Conference Notes - Season 2018/2019
Posted by: A38 (IP Logged)
Date: 13 November, 2018 17:26

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Warriors Director of Rugby Alan Solomons spoke to the media today ahead of Saturdayís Gallagher Premiership match at Bath.

Hereís what Alan had to say:

On inclusion of Ted Hill, Nick Schonert and Ben Teío in Englandís squad for Saturdayís Quilter International against Japan
Itís fantastic to see our players get recognition.
Ted was invited to the recent training camp in Portugal because heís a terrific young player and he will adjust and adapt if he is picked to play on Saturday.
Nick is a terrific scrummager but he has worked very hard on his all round game.

Looking back at Sundayís Premiership Rugby Cup match at Saracens
We put a young side out but the young players did well and came away with a bonus point which could have been two. They showed good resolve and resilience.
Players like James Scott, Beck Cutting and Nick David got game time and acquitted themselves well.
It was good to see a lot of the other players down at Saracens supporting the team.

Looking ahead to Bath
Bath are a tough team to beat at home so expecting a hard game.
Like all clubs, when you are playing at home they wonít want anyone to lower their colours.

On the strength of the Premiership this season
Chatting to other Directors of Rugby who have been around a long time, they say itís the toughest Premiership they have ever been involved in. Every team has good quality players, they are well coached and well prepared.

Michael Fatialofaís availability
Michael had a heavy programme in New Zealand coming straight from a Super Rugby season into the Mitre 10 Cup.
We have got to be patient and we are not putting him under any pressure to play.

Injuries
Ryan Bower: Has torn an Achilles tendon and he is likely to be out for the rest of the season.
Zac Xiourouppa: Suffered an anterior cruciate ligament knee injury at Saracens and is out for the rest of the season.
Andrew Kitchener: Suffered concussion at Saracens and is going through the return-to-play protocol.
Marco Mama: Still struggling with a hamstring injury and is unlikely to play at Bath.
Ryan Mills: Has trained this week and is available for selection this week.
Pierce Phillips: Fit and available for selection.



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Re: Press Conference Notes - Season 2018/2019
Posted by: A38 (IP Logged)
Date: 20 November, 2018 17:07

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Director of Rugby Alan Solomons spoke to the media today ahead of Fridayís Gallagher Premiership match against Harlequins at Sixways.

Hereís what Alan had to sayÖ.

On last weekend at Bath
Our set piece Ė the lineout in particular Ė didnít function. We have analysed it and we believe that we have sorted out the problems we had.
Rory Duncan has come up with some solutions and confident that things will be fining going forward.

Harlequins this week
Paul Gustard is a very good coach. Heís had good experience with Saracens and England and they are well into their season now.
They have changed the emphasis in the way they approach the game and have had a good season to date.

Ted Hillís first England cap
Ted is a terrific young player and itís understandable that Eddie Jones would want to give him that opportunity.
Ted will be better for the experience of working in the England camp and being involved in the match 23 against Japan.
Heís come through quickly but heís deserved his chance and itís a good call. We are looking forward to him coming back and playing a big role with us.
Heís very level-headed, a good man and an outstanding rugby player.

Ben Teíoís England form
Ben has acquitted himself in the two matches he has played for England this autumn.
He had only played 30 minutes of rugby for us this season before he went into the Tests but he is a big, powerful man and he suits what Eddie Jones wants.
Injuries

Michael Fatialofa:
He has a clean out of a knee in New Zealand and he aggravated it playing for Auckland in the Mitre Cup. We want to make sure that he is 100 per cent right before we play him. Likely to feature in our European Challenge Cup matches.

Ollie Lawrence:
He is going to see a specialist on Wednesday. There seems to be some nerve damage in the leg he injured in the Premiership Rugby Cup match at Leicester.

Alafoti Faosiliva: He was a late call up to the bench at Saracens. He had a calf injury and is not 100 per cent.

Carl Kirwan: Should be ready to go for our European matches.

Will Butler: Now ready to play again and is likely to play for Hartpury this weekend.

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It seems that it will be a while before we see Fatialofa!

Re: Press Conference Notes - Season 2018/2019
Posted by: A38 (IP Logged)
Date: 27 November, 2018 19:21

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Director of Rugby Alan Solomons spoke to the media ahead of Saturdayís Gallagher Premiership match against Gloucester.

Hereís what Alan had to say:

On the Harlequins win
Rory Duncan and the forwards worked hard on the lineout after the defeat at Bath.
Omar Mouneimne is also a world class coach and the players deserve credit for putting in a huge defensive shift.

On the trip to Gloucester
They are a very good side, particularly at Kingsholm and it will be another tough game.
They have quality across the field and are well coached by Johan Ackermann.
Kingsholm, like Welford Road, is a traditional English club ground with strong home support.

Which players involved in the Autumn Internationals are likely to play?
Joe Taufeteíe was concussed playing for USA against Ireland and is going through the return-to-play protocols and he wonít be ready this week.
Some of the other players will be back but others will be rested.

On Ted Hillís performance against Harlequins
Matt Cox was deservedly man of the match. Ted was also pretty special.
Having spent time with England, who are a good international team, with a good coach in Eddie Jones, it can only have a positive effect on Ted.



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Re: Press Conference Notes - Season 2018/2019
Posted by: A38 (IP Logged)
Date: 05 December, 2018 16:57

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Warriors Head Coach Rory Duncan spoke to the media ahead of Fridayís European Challenge Cup match against Pau.

Hereís what Rory had to say:

On the Gloucester defeat
They got away from us. They got on top of use physically and dominated in a number of the physical aspects of the game.

Chris Pennellís two week suspension
We accept the outcome. Chris is an absolute gentleman.
There was no ill-intent but we accept they are trying to keep the game safe.

On the Pau match
Itís still early in the competition. Pau are a tough outfit. They have got some big guys in the pack and some big, strong ball carriers.
They are a well-supported club and they are a quality outfit.

Likely team selection
Expect some rotation from the guys that were playing at the weekend in the Gallagher Premiership. Some of them have played five games in six weeks which is a heavy workload.

Playing Pau in back-to-back matches
It makes the analysis and the reviews easier. Iíve not experienced back-to-back matches before.
Taking them on over there gives us an opportunity to look at them. We anticipate a certain style of game and we get to review that and see whether that is what we got.

New contracts for Ted Hill and Ollie Lawrence
Alan Solomons is working very hard on recruitment and player retention. Excited to have the players of the calibre Ted and Ollie who have come through the Academy. The Academy is the future of the club.
Ted is a physical unit who has played a number of Premiership games for us and who hasnít stepped back since he made his debut at Leicester. Itís just the tip of the iceberg because there is a lot more to come in terms of Tedís potential.
Ollie had his first opportunity at Exeter and he has proved to be quite a threat from an attacking perspective. I believe he will be an international in the not too distant future. Very excited to have Ollie signed up.
The Academy coaches have done a fantastic job. Itís not just Ollie and Ted, we have got a number of exciting young players coming through.

Jack Cosgroveís signing
Alan Solomons had the opportunity to work with Jack at Edinburgh. Iíve not worked with him before but Iíve been pretty impressed with him this week. Heís quick to take ideas and concepts on board.

Injuries
Michael Fatialofa. Heís not ready for selection this week but he should be ready in the next two weeks.
Alafoti Faosiliva. He has been cleared to play and is available for selection this week. Heís a physical player and a strong ball carrier and we are excited to have him back.
Carl Kirwan. Carl is training again but heís not been cleared to play yet.
GJ van Velze. Hopeful that he will be back for the next block of Premiership matches.
Matti Williams. He had a stinger at Gloucester but has been cleared to play this weekend.
Marco Mama. Hopefully we will see him on the pitch in the next week or two.

Re: Press Conference Notes - Season 2018/2019
Posted by: A38 (IP Logged)
Date: 11 December, 2018 16:18

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Warriors Head Coach Rory Duncan spoke to the media ahead of Saturdayís European Challenge Cup match against Pau.

Hereís what Rory had to say:

On last Fridayís match in Pau
It wasnít our best performance. The weather conditions made it difficult but we conceded two soft tries which put us on the back foot.

On the return match this weekend
Looking forward to the return match. Itís a new experience for me playing a team back-to-back. We are looking forward to taking Pau on again.

Players signing new contracts
Jamie Shillcock: Heís another product of our Academy. The way that we are going to build this club is by retaining the talent coming through from the Academy.
Michael Heaney: Heís started a few games recently. Heís come from a Championship club and proved that he is good enough to play in the Premiership.

Isaac Millerís return from injury
He stood out in the pre-season match in Treviso. Unfortunately Isaac got injured there but he has made a great recovery. He brings a lot of energy, he trains hard and heís not scared to put his head in dark places.

Injuries
Jamie Shillcock. Suffered a leg injury and due to see a specialist this week. We are waiting on the medical report but hopefully itís not too serious.
Andrew Kitchener and Darren Barry: Clashed heads making a tackle. Wonít be considered for selection this weekend.
Michael Fatialofa: He will be considered for selection this weekend. Itís exciting to have him available.
Marco Mama and Francois Hougaard: They have been training with the squad this week. We will make a call on them later in the week.

Re: Press Conference Notes - Season 2018/2019
Posted by: A38 (IP Logged)
Date: 18 December, 2018 17:26

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Warriors Director of Rugby Alan Solomons spoke to the media ahead of Fridayís Gallagher Premiership match against Northampton Saints.

Hereís what Alan had to say:

On the win against Pau
The conditions were very difficult. The wind increased in the second half, it was freezing cold and raining.
We played intelligently in the first half, dominated territory and converted the pressure we had into two tries. We turned to play into the wind and dug in.

Duncan Weirís contract extension
Absolutely delighted. Duncan has played terrifically well for us this season.
He showed that on Saturday what a good goal kicker he is. He can also steer us around the field, heís a good game manager, heís a very experienced player and a good bloke.

GJ Velzeís contract extension
Heís been here a long time, heís club captain, heís played well this season and it sends out a really positive message.
We are getting a lot of the youngsters signed up but itís important to blend that in with experienced players like GJ.

On Northampton
Looking at the Premiership table, from fourth to 12th place, there is nothing in it. Itís such a tough competition.
Northampton have some really good players, lots of experience and they are a very physical team so it will be another tough contest.

Ben Teío
Ben had a rest after playing in three of Englandís Autumn Internationals. He came back on Sunday and has trained this week. Heís looking in great shape.
Itís not Benís fault that he was injured and he has played only 30 minutes for us this season against Ospreys. We need to bleed * him into the system at the right time. Itís a relatively quick process with such an experienced player.

On Alanís first year with Warriors
I am very positive about the direction we are going. The vision I have is we want to build a sustainable Premiership club through excellent coaching and a vibrant, flourishing Academy.
At the moment the Club is in a very good state. We have restructured our Performance Department which operating well now under Johan Pretorius. Chim Gale is doing a good job with the Three Pears Warriors Academy. The new ownership has bedded in, we have a shared vision for the club which is really positive so we have made good progress.

Injuries
Jono Lance. By the beginning of February Jono should be fine. Heís progressing well.
Francois Hougaard, Sam Lewis and GJ van Velze. Have all trained this week and will be available for selection.
Jamie Shillcock. Is due to see a specialist on Wednesday about the ankle injury he sustained in Pau.
Alafoti Faosiliva. It looks like he may have suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury scoring his try on Saturday. Itís a tragedy that he is injured again because he is an invaluable member of the squad.
Cornell du Preez. Is out for the season.


* NOTE: Notes were edited to correct, as I though, a misprint. I changed "bleed" to "blend" but I have now re-edited back to the original.



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Re: Press Conference Notes - Season 2018/2019
Posted by: A38 (IP Logged)
Date: 27 December, 2018 16:39

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Director of Rugby Alan Solomons spoke to the media ahead of Saturdayís Gallagher Premiership match at Saracens.

Hereís what Alan had to say:

On the Northampton match
It was very disappointing. We were on the back foot in the first half but we were only 12-3 down at half-time.
The turning point came when they scored an interception try midway through the second half. That was a 14-point score.
We have got to look after the ball better. I am confident that the lineout will be sorted out.

On the trip to Saracens
They are one of the top teams in Europe, they are at home and they are coming off the back of a loss at Exeter.
It will be a tough and challenging afternoon.

Will Ben Teío play?
Ben will definitely be involved and I can see him starting this weekend.
Ben has been very unfortunate with injuries since I arrived at Warriors. But heís worked hard in training, heís been enthusiastic, heís a good player and Iím sure he will give a good account of himself this weekend.

Scott van Bredaís new contract
Scott is a good bloke and a good rugby player. Heís a versatile player who can play 15 or 10 and heís also a good goalkicker so to have someone with his degree of versatility adds value to the squad.

Injuries
Ryan Mills suffered a bruised wrist against Northampton and is unlikely to play this weekend.
Marco Mama has got some soreness behind the knee he had surgery on.
Niall Annett he is recovering from the head knock he suffered in Pau.
Jamie Shillcock has an ankle injury and is unlikely to play in January.
Cornell du Preez will have an operation next month to remove a cyst. Once heís had surgery we will get a clearer picture but heís unlikely to play this season.
Cornell has done some cardio-vascular and gym work but what he has been through is traumatic and we have given him some time away.

Re: Press Conference Notes - Season 2018/2019
Posted by: A38 (IP Logged)
Date: 01 January, 2019 16:57

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Warriors Director of Rugby Alan Solomons spoke to the media today ahead of the Gallagher Premiership match against Bath Rugby.

Hereís what Alan had to sayÖ

On Saracens away
We played balanced, constructive rugby in the first half. Our decision-making and execution were good and we scored two good tries.
In the second half we made some mistakes and each time we were punished.
But there were a lot of positives to be taken and we showed great character particularly when we defended a five metres lineout around the 72nd minutes and won a turnover.

On Saturdayís home match against Bath
Everyone is motivated to put in a really good performance against very strong opposition who have struck rich vein of form recently. They have had some good victories since we played them in November.
Itís a massive challenge and we are looking forward to it. We want to play well at home. We were disappointed with the Northampton game and we would like to have a good game in front of our own supporters.

On Perry Humphreysí performance at Saracens
Perry did really well. Heís got electric pace and he defended well.
We have really good for competition for places in the squad so if someone does fall out through injury we have players who can step up to the mark to come in.

On Ben Teíoís performance
He went well with Francois Venter in the middle. It was Benís first game with the team this season apart from his appearance as a replacement against Ospreys. He has looked good and sharp in practice.

On Cavaliersí Premiership Rugby Shield match at Sale Jets on Sunday
The feedback from Gordon Ross was that the lads did well for the first 60 minutes but then let it slip in the last 20 minutes.
These matches allow us to have a look at some of our Academy players and also to give some game time to senior players.

On recruitment and retention of players
Under Premiership Rugby regulations we are not allowed to speak to players from other clubs until January 1.
That window is now open so clubs will be doing that and we are no different.
We have done quite a lot of retention of players so far. Itís been a busy time and will continue to be.

Injuries
Michael Fatialofa has been suffering from a virus which forced him to miss the Saracens match. He hasnít trained this week but hopefully he will be back on Thursday.
Nick Schonert has trained all week and should be available on Saturday.
Josh Adams is still suffering from a tight hamstring.
Ryan Mills is tracking well and we will see how he is on Thursday.
Marco Mama trained on Tuesday and he is making nice progress. We will see how he is on Thursday.

Re: Press Conference Notes - Season 2018/2019
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Head Coach Rory Duncan spoke to the media today ahead of Saturdayís European Challenge Cup match against Ospreys at the Liberty Stadium.

Hereís what Rory had to say:

On the win against Bath
The last 18 or 19 minutes were the longest of my life. But we were very happy with the result and the players had to fight from being 19-3 down at half-time.
The win means a lot to us as a club. Itís nice to go into a five week break from the Gallagher Premiership with a win under your belt.
Not everything went to plan in the first half but we would like to focus on the positive which is the fightback we had in the second half when we were a lot more clinical and put 18 points on the board.

On Duncan Weirís winning conversion
It was good to see him put that one over.
Duncan is a quality player and once Bryce Heem had scored the try I was confident Duncan would put that one over.

On Ospreys this weekend
We are facing our toughest challenge in the competition so far. Ospreys are at home, they have proven that at home they are a tough team to play.
It will be a different game to the one we had against them at Sixways in October.
They will have some personnel changes and when they are at home they are on their game. They are physical team who play a fast brand of rugby.
They have an intelligent kicking game which is something we will have to manage.

On likely team selection
Because of the big break there are a number of games that we can select to rotate the squad.
What we have normally done is at the end of a block of Premiership games we have given guys who have started the majority of matches some time off.
We havenít done that this time. All the players have been training from the beginning of the week and we will finalise selection on Thursday.

On the European Challenge Cup campaign
The games have been competitive, we not had an easy game.
Stade away was a tough outing but we got a great result there. We then beat Ospreys at home the following week.
The away game at Pau didnít go our way but we managed to turn things around in the return match here.
But this weekís game is going to be a little bit different. It means a lot to both teams.

Ben Teíoís performances in recent weeks
Ben is a big man and he carries hard and he has given us front foot ball against Saracens and Bath.
Having a person like Ben with his experience will add a lot of value and I think you can anticipate seeing Ben in action again this weekend.

Injuries
Nick Schonert has a sternum injury. Nick is being assessed by the medical staff but he will not be available this weekend.
Gareth Milasinovich took a bang to the head. He is still busy with the medical staff at the moment but he didnít fail his HIA.
Perry Humphreys sustained an ankle injury against Bath. He is having scans today to assess the extent of the injury.
Josh Adams has been cleared to resume training on Thursday.
Bryce Heem has been given a 10-daysí break and has gone back to New Zealand.

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