ROOKIE fly-half Elliott Davies will become the latest Sixways young gun to be handed his chance to impress.
Warriors director of rugby Dean Ryan has revealed the former Bromsgrove School pupil, who has been on loan with National One table-toppers Doncaster Knights, is set to feature in Saturday’s LV= Cup trip to Sale Sharks’ AJ Bell Stadium (2pm).
Davies, who linked up with the Worcester academy from Cinderford in 2013, will be joined in the squad by fellow youngsters Josh Watkins, the up-and-coming winger who has impressed in recent weeks, and new England under 20s cap Max Stelling.
However, Ryan will have half an eye on the impending return to Aviva Premiership action and he plans to bring back several of his big guns a week on Saturday when Worcester entertain Exeter Chiefs in their final LV= Cup group match.
Ryan said: “The Sale game is an opportunity to get the team a bit more recognisable for when we return to the Aviva Premiership in a couple of weeks, but people will still be given an opportunity and others will have a rest.
“Elliott will be involved this weekend, while there will be more opportunity for the likes of Josh and Max who have gone well when they’ve had chances this season.
“With people like Elliott, it is about creating opportunities for them to create a reputation for themselves.”
Davies has impressed for the Knights so far this term where he has featured in their first XV alongside fellow Sixways academy player Jack Cosgrove, the prop forward who has been called into the Scotland under 20s squad.
Davies joined the Castle Park club on a dual-registration basis and was one of the stand-out players for Worcester’s under 18s side last campaign, earning himself an academy contract.
The 19-year-old has also featured regularly for Worcester Cavaliers in the Premiership ‘A’ League this term, as well as having represented the various Midlands teams through the age grade set-up, and is renowned for his accurate kicking at goal.
Warriors chief Ryan, who is currently out in Portugal with his squad for a spell of warm-weather training, added that he hopes to have his star Argentine hooker Agustin Creevy back in action shortly.
The Pumas international made an impressive start to his Worcester career, before being sidelined by a knee injury, but Ryan said he is not far from full fitness.
Ryan added: “The Exeter game will be more of a recognisable first XV and we might have the likes of Gus back involved, while we will try to get Jonathan Thomas and Chris Pennell back on the field too ahead of the Tigers game.”