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Worcester sign 6'4, 110kg English-qualified Aussie backrow Lee-Warner

By Kim Ekin
Fergus Lee-Warner of the Force runs the ball during the round four Super Rugby Pacific match between the NSW Waratahs and the Western Force at Leichhardt Oval on March 13, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Worcester Warriors confirmed the signing of utility forward Fergus Lee-Warner, their third signing for the 2022/23 season, on a three-year deal.

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Lee-Warner, 28, can play both back row and lock and will arrive at Sixways from Perth-based Western Force at the end of the current Super Rugby Pacific season.

The versatile foward has also played for Western Force in Australia’s National Rugby Championship having previously represented the Greater Sydney Rams.

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The 6ft 4ins, 110kg forward is English-qualified through a grandfather and communication with former Warrior Jono Lance helped convince him to upsticks to the UK.

“I am really excited about joining Warriors,” Lee-Warner said. “I have been playing Super Rugby here in Perth since 2020 when Force came back in.

“I have really enjoyed my time here with Force but I have always wanted to play in the Gallagher Premiership. I feel like it’s a really good competition and another step in my career that I want to take. It’s the chance for me to experience something different.

“Jono Lance is a mate and I spoke to him about coming to Worcester.

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Warriors Director of Rugby Alan Solomons believes that the Australian has the skills and physical attributes to flourish in the Gallagher Premiership.

“Fergus is an experienced, physical, abrasive lock/six. His attributes are ideally suited to the Premiership and there is no doubt that he will make his mark here at Sixways,” Solomons said.

“Jono Lance and others who have coached him speak very highly of him as both a player and a person.

“He will clearly add great value to the Warriors and we all look forward to welcoming him here at Sixways.”

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Warriors’ Lead Rugby Consultant Steve Diamond also welcomed the addition of Lee-Warner to next season’s squad.

“With his physical assets, Fergus should be a real asset and I’m looking forward to working with him when he arrives in the summer.

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