WORCESTER Warriors have made lock/back-row forward Fergus Lee-Warner their third signing for the 2022/23 season on a three-year contract.
Lee-Warner, 28, will arrive at Sixways from Perth-based Western Force at the end of the forthcoming Super Rugby Pacific season. Lee-Warner has also played for Western Force in Australia’s National Rugby Championship having previously represented the Greater Sydney Rams.
Lee-Warner, who is 6ft 4ins tall and weights 17-and-a-half stone, is English-qualified through a grandfather.
“I am really excited about joining Warriors,” Lee-Warner said.
“I have been playing Super Rugby her 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.
Warriors Director of Rugby Alan Solomons believes that Lee-Warner has the skills and physical attributes to flourish in the 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.”
Steve Diamond, Warriors’ Lead Rugby Consultant, has 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.