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Denton to leave for Premiership rival, while Du Preez joins Worcester

Warriors have confirmed that their Scotland international David Denton will be leaving the club at the end of the season.

RugbyPass understands that Denton will join Premiership rivals Leicester Tigers.

The 28-year-old has made 14 appearances for Warriors since moving to Sixways last summer.

Warriors Director of Rugby Alan Solomons spoke to warriors.co.uk and said: “We’re sorry to see Dents go but that’s the nature of professional sport. Dents is a really good bloke. We know he’ll continue to give his all in the Blue and Gold for the rest of the season and we wish him all the best in the future.”

Denton said: “I’ve really enjoyed my short time here and would like to thank the Club and fans for making me feel so welcome and giving me opportunities which have seen me return to the international fray with Scotland. I wish Warriors the best of luck in the coming years and will make sure I do the jersey proud till the end of the season.”

Meanwhile Denton’s international teammate Cornell du Preez is headed for Sixways

He will be joining ahead of the 2018/19 campaign on a two-year deal.

He is the third new signing set to arrive this summer, after the announcements of prop Callum Black and centre Ashley Beck.

Du Preez has made six appearances for Scotland, with his most recent in this season’s NatWest 6 Nations against Wales.

The back row made the move to Edinburgh Rugby in 2013 where he has made 96 appearances, scoring 13 tries, and also helped the Scottish side to the European Challenge Cup final in 2015 and also the quarter-finals of the competition last season.

Du Preez previously played for Eastern Province Kings in South Africa where he made 23 appearances and crossed for 11 tries, as well as playing 16 times for the Kings in the 2013 Super Rugby season.

Born in Port Elizabeth, Du Preez also represented the South Africa Under 20s side in 2011.

“I’m thoroughly excited about reuniting with Alan Solomons and moving to England to play for Warriors.” Du Preez told warriors.co.uk

“I’ve always wanted to test myself in the Premiership and look forward to my next challenge. I’d like to thank Edinburgh for the past few years where I’ve really enjoyed my time and will continue to give my all ’til the end of the season.”

Warriors Director of Rugby Solomons added: “Cornell is a fantastic player with exceptional skills. His all-round game will be of huge benefit to the team. He will also bring a great deal of physicality, power and experience to our forward pack.”

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