Pennell feels Warriors can beat the drop

Worcester News: CHRIS PENNELL: Says he’s always been focused on doing the job he’s professionally contracted to. CHRIS PENNELL: Says he’s always been focused on doing the job he’s professionally contracted to.

LOYAL Warrior Chris Pennell has spoken of his confidence that Worcester can escape Aviva Premiership relegation this season.

Thoroughly impressive in everything he does — both on and off the field — the on-song full-back is seen as the poster boy of the Dean Ryan era.

Persuading the former club captain, who was still under contract for next season, to commit his future to the club until 2017 was a masterstroke by the new Worcester director of rugby.

If Pennell’s Sixways team-mates could mirror his approach to the game and his performances this term, Ryan’s side would have no relegation worries.

However, that has not been the case so far, yet Pennell remains certain the team are close to turning the corner and insists he never thought about looking elsewhere.

“I was contracted for next season anyway and I am a man of my word, so that was never an option,” he explained.

“I’ve always been firmly focused on doing my job that I am professionally contracted to do for Worcester.

“The opportunity to extend my deal was something that I felt strongly about, because I really believe in the direction that we are going, so I wasn’t thinking about moving elsewhere.

“I truly believe we have the right guys in charge and, with time, things will turn around and improve.

“There is a long way to go in this season and I am very confident we can get ourselves out of the hole we’ve dug.

“Once we’ve done that, then over the next two or three years, Dean can really have the influence that I know he will have.

“That’s where the really exciting stuff is going to happen and that’s why I extended my deal as I want to be a part of it.”

While there has been much speculation that, if he was playing for a top-six side, Pennell would now be firmly on Stuart Lancaster’s England radar, the player himself is adamant he can achieve his international goals at Sixways.

He added: “I’ve not had any communication from the England set-up so, without wanting to assume anything, if I had been told I had to move or I wouldn’t get picked, then maybe that would have been a different conversation.

“However, that has never happened, so it wasn’t an issue and I’ve always been confident that if I am doing the business here week in, week out, eventually that will spark the right conversations elsewhere.

“Hopefully, the England selectors will take note. If you look at Matt Mullan, Matt Kvesic and Miles Benjamin, they are all players who’ve done well at Worcester and broken into the England set-up.

“So, there’s no reason that couldn’t be me too as long as I keep striving to improve and making sure my performances are better than the other 15s each week.

“I truly believe that if you are good enough, you will make it. Looking at the England EPS squad, a huge proportion of it is made up of players from top-six sides, but there is that 10 per cent that aren’t, so if they can do it, it is because they are good enough, so why not someone at one of the sides in the bottom half?”

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1:56pm Fri 6 Dec 13

One or Two says...

If I say I can walk on water enough times I'm sure I eventually will.

Sorry Chris last nights dismal performance against an under strength bottom of the table French side (who never travel and play well abroad) was I am sorry to say so so poor to say the very least...!

Are the Warriors setting a new trend?

In future if I'm contracted to work for eight hours a day can I really finish after six?
If I say I can walk on water enough times I'm sure I eventually will. Sorry Chris last nights dismal performance against an under strength bottom of the table French side (who never travel and play well abroad) was I am sorry to say so so poor to say the very least...! Are the Warriors setting a new trend? In future if I'm contracted to work for eight hours a day can I really finish after six? One or Two

9:58am Mon 9 Dec 13

Officer Nordburg says...

Of course we have a chance of avoiding the drop with no European rugby next season the league will expand in numbers and they will shelve relegation for this season.
Of course we have a chance of avoiding the drop with no European rugby next season the league will expand in numbers and they will shelve relegation for this season. Officer Nordburg

5:35pm Mon 9 Dec 13

zx12r says...

Thats one up on me Officer, how on earth did you work that one out.
Always said the Prem' should be at least 14,& get rid of the Mickey Mouse cups, plus, like football, no rugby on international weekends. A level playing field from start to finish. SIMPLES.
Thats one up on me Officer, how on earth did you work that one out. Always said the Prem' should be at least 14,& get rid of the Mickey Mouse cups, plus, like football, no rugby on international weekends. A level playing field from start to finish. SIMPLES. zx12r

10:12am Tue 10 Dec 13

Officer Nordburg says...

Well with English clubs refusing to be take part in any ERC competitions next year the clubs need to compensate for the loss in matches not only with BT but also lost gates. The 4 Welsh regions want to join meaning a scrapping of the LV Cup as it will be even more pointless one side will be promoted from the Championship and no side will go down leaving 18 teams. There is no chance of sides voting the Welsh regions in if it threatens there place in the league.

The league will then run as it does now even through international windows as you can not playing for the best part of 2 months during the Six Nations. The playoffs will be extended to the top 8 teams to compete for the title.

Seems crazy but the game is run by crazy people.
Well with English clubs refusing to be take part in any ERC competitions next year the clubs need to compensate for the loss in matches not only with BT but also lost gates. The 4 Welsh regions want to join meaning a scrapping of the LV Cup as it will be even more pointless one side will be promoted from the Championship and no side will go down leaving 18 teams. There is no chance of sides voting the Welsh regions in if it threatens there place in the league. The league will then run as it does now even through international windows as you can not playing for the best part of 2 months during the Six Nations. The playoffs will be extended to the top 8 teams to compete for the title. Seems crazy but the game is run by crazy people. Officer Nordburg

4:32pm Tue 10 Dec 13

zx12r says...

Thanks Officer. Must say these second tier cups (as in Football) have very little interest & bring in very small crowds. Much prefer to watch league rugby.
Thanks Officer. Must say these second tier cups (as in Football) have very little interest & bring in very small crowds. Much prefer to watch league rugby. zx12r

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