RYAN Lamb has been lined up as the man to salvage Warriors’ season with the mercurial fly-half set to join Worcester after tomorrow night’s Aviva Premiership clash with Leicester Tigers (7.45pm).
Worcester have been beset by problems at number 10 all season as both Ignacio Mieres and Paul Warwick have flattered to deceive.
With the threat of relegation looming large, director of rugby Dean Ryan has moved to take immediate action by bringing in talented play-maker Lamb.
The 27-year-old arrived at Welford Road from Northampton Saints in the summer on a two-year contract, but Tigers boss Richard Cockerill is prepared to let him leave now.
While Lamb’s enigmatic style of play could be well suited to Warriors’ predicament, it does appear to be a signing made out of desperation.
The move could turn out to be inspired by Ryan as Lamb’s attacking style of play can often make him a game-changer – something Worcester are in dire need of after 12 defeats out of 12 in the league.
However, given the pair’s volatile relationship in the past when they were both at Gloucester, it suggests this will certainly be a marriage of convenience.
During Lamb’s formative years at Kingsholm, when Ryan was the Cherry and Whites’ director of rugby, there were a host of well-publicised events, both on and off the field, which put the pair’s relationship under considerable duress.
That said, there has been plenty of water under the bridge since those days at Gloucester, with Lamb having gone on to play for London Irish and Northampton, before joining Tigers last summer.
At his best, Lamb’s attacking style of play has created several tries this season during his seven appearances for Leicester.
He has also landed some important kicks – an area of the game which has been little short of disastrous for Warriors this term. But his love of playing right on the edge has also led to several costly intercept tries during the current campaign.
The broken hand he picked up for fighting during an ‘A’ League game saw him miss six weeks of action and did not endear him with Cockerill, as Toby Flood was just about to go away for five weeks with England during the Autumn Internationals.
It is unlikely that Tigers would have let Lamb leave so soon if Toby Flood had been included in England’s Six Nations plans. But, after being dropped by Stuart Lancaster, Flood will be around throughout February and March and Leicester have fly-half cover in Owen Williams and David Mele.