Sanderson joins Warriors from Rotherham

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WARRIORS have signed Rotherham lock Dan Sanderson for next season and Dean Ryan is also on the look-out for an injury dispensation signing to ease his prop problems.

The 29-year-old former Moseley second rower worked with Worcester’s high performance director Nick Jonhston during his season with Northampton Saints and will join from Worcester from Championship club in the summer.

Meanwhile, with John Andress dropping out at the 11th hour before Saturday’s Aviva Premiership defeat to Sale Sharks and Euan Murray only just finding his way back after serious Achilles and thumb injuries, Ryan’s front row resources are stretched to breaking point.

That leaves Rob O’Donnell as Ryan’s only fully fit tighthead and the Warriors boss admits he may need to look to bring in reinforcements.

Ryan said: “John has a disc issue, like most tighthead props, and he chose on the day of the game that it was sorer than normal.

“It is something we’ve been aware of this week and we may have to look at injury dispensation as it looks like Jeremy Becasseau is going to require surgery as well.

“It is something we’ll have to look at as being so light on tightheads when Euan hadn’t trained all week isn’t good, but that’s the situation we are in.

“We’ve only had two tightheads for seven months now and we’re still in the same situation, just with a different two.”

He added: “We will need to explore our relationships, but there is not a Dan Cole waiting around the corner.

“We might be able to change the dynamics around that because we haven’t been able to scrum as well as we should and Sale have squeezed the life out of us in each game we’ve played them.

“It’s the nature of my job to try to get someone in, but it doesn’t put us on a strong front – we’ll talk to other clubs and see if we can add to our mix. We’ll probably find now that Euan will get picked for Scotland now – that’s how life tends to work.

“We lost a tighthead on the morning of the game, so had to make a decision on Euan, who hadn’t trained with us. We decided to start with him so we knew where we were, rather than sending Rob O’Donnell out and then bringing Euan on without knowing what that situation would look like.

“Those circumstances led to a pretty disjointed scrum performance against a side with a very good scrum, so I’m not surprised we struggled.

“I wasn’t surprised that we weren’t able to answer the challenge because we have history of that at scrum time against Sale on repeat occasions.

“Euan couldn’t answer it and Rob struggled too in the latter stages of the game and that just leaks field position, discipline and everything else.”

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8:24pm Mon 24 Feb 14

WS1991 says...

Great- another average championship signing. Have we ever signed a championship player who has turned out to be good for us? Rarely if at all.
Great- another average championship signing. Have we ever signed a championship player who has turned out to be good for us? Rarely if at all. WS1991

9:22pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Wobbly Warrior says...

He's 29! next season he'll be 30! I thought we were supposed to be building on young hungry talent?
He's 29! next season he'll be 30! I thought we were supposed to be building on young hungry talent? Wobbly Warrior

10:13pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Brummagem Bertie says...

Average? Really?

He's currently playing for the 3rd placed team in the Championship, his nickname is "Raging Bull" and he's 6'8"!

As for Championship/old ND1 signings: Sam Betty; Blair Cowan was pretty good; Semisi Taulava; Ras. Just off the top of my head - there are others.

Yes, he will be 30 next season. That's not really that old for a lock. Craig retired at 37 and Simon Shaw is still playing at 40.

We are building on young, hungry talent: Mike Williams is 22 and Christian Scotland-Williamson is another younster coming through. You need some experienced heads alongside the young uns, though. Besides, Percy is one of our best players and he's 30: plus, if Dan is a replacement for Dean Schofield, 35, that means the squad is getting younger.

Perhaps give him a chance to pull on a shirt and play a game or two before completely writing him off, eh?
Average? Really? He's currently playing for the 3rd placed team in the Championship, his nickname is "Raging Bull" and he's 6'8"! As for Championship/old ND1 signings: Sam Betty; Blair Cowan was pretty good; Semisi Taulava; Ras. Just off the top of my head - there are others. Yes, he will be 30 next season. That's not really that old for a lock. Craig retired at 37 and Simon Shaw is still playing at 40. We are building on young, hungry talent: Mike Williams is 22 and Christian Scotland-Williamson is another younster coming through. You need some experienced heads alongside the young uns, though. Besides, Percy is one of our best players and he's 30: plus, if Dan is a replacement for Dean Schofield, 35, that means the squad is getting younger. Perhaps give him a chance to pull on a shirt and play a game or two before completely writing him off, eh? Brummagem Bertie

9:21am Tue 25 Feb 14

zx12r says...

'We' Bertie, 'We' You really are nailing your colours to the mast. According to you Richard Hill could do no wrong & you seem to be even further up Dean Ryan's proverbial. Both in their way have turned Worcester into a joke, 20 league games 20 losses, buying Championship players will turn us into a Championship club which in our current situation bears me out.
'We' Bertie, 'We' You really are nailing your colours to the mast. According to you Richard Hill could do no wrong & you seem to be even further up Dean Ryan's proverbial. Both in their way have turned Worcester into a joke, 20 league games 20 losses, buying Championship players will turn us into a Championship club which in our current situation bears me out. zx12r

12:40pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Brummagem Bertie says...

Sarries, Saints, Quins, Glaws have signed just as many Championship players as us over the last few seasons - they are hardly Championship clubs, so yet another logic failure there, zx.

Besides, I would have thought you would have supported the move. According to you we are already a Championship club and will be playing there next season, so signing someone with knowledge and experience of the Championship would seem a good idea!
Sarries, Saints, Quins, Glaws have signed just as many Championship players as us over the last few seasons - they are hardly Championship clubs, so yet another logic failure there, zx. Besides, I would have thought you would have supported the move. According to you we are already a Championship club and will be playing there next season, so signing someone with knowledge and experience of the Championship would seem a good idea! Brummagem Bertie

2:02pm Tue 25 Feb 14

zx12r says...

Bertie, if you don't think we are a Championship club you are more blind than I thought. The fact is we have played like one all season & are now staring that division in the face.
Just get real for God's sake our league position does not lie & look at the empty spaces on Saturday, even the diehards are starting to vote with their feet.
The sooner we are put out of our misery the better, at least we might win the odd game next year. (sorry, did I say 'win').
Bertie, if you don't think we are a Championship club you are more blind than I thought. The fact is we have played like one all season & are now staring that division in the face. Just get real for God's sake our league position does not lie & look at the empty spaces on Saturday, even the diehards are starting to vote with their feet. The sooner we are put out of our misery the better, at least we might win the odd game next year. (sorry, did I say 'win'). zx12r

3:11pm Tue 25 Feb 14

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3:32pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Brummagem Bertie says...

You want to be careful with your use of the "we" word, zx, you might get some idiot accusing you of being up Dean Ryan's backside! ;-)
You want to be careful with your use of the "we" word, zx, you might get some idiot accusing you of being up Dean Ryan's backside! ;-) Brummagem Bertie

5:27pm Tue 25 Feb 14

zx12r says...

Thanks Bob, but beware we do have to put up with Brummagem Bertie who is the self styled 'voice of the club'. He will not accept any criticism & will always endevour to twist things round.
Rest assured when the good ship Warrior finally sinks into the Championship he will be the last to leave & will remain true to the creme egg logo forever...........Bl
ess 'im.
Thanks Bob, but beware we do have to put up with Brummagem Bertie who is the self styled 'voice of the club'. He will not accept any criticism & will always endevour to twist things round. Rest assured when the good ship Warrior finally sinks into the Championship he will be the last to leave & will remain true to the creme egg logo forever...........Bl ess 'im. zx12r

6:07pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Brummagem Bertie says...

I've never claimed to be the "voice of the club, that's something you've invented despite my oft-repeated denials of your assertions that I am in some way connected with or to the club.

I don't accept unjustified criticism or people who just want to have a pop for the sake of it. As for twisting things round, not guilty, I leave that to the master, your good self.
I've never claimed to be the "voice of the club, that's something you've invented despite my oft-repeated denials of your assertions that I am in some way connected with or to the club. I don't accept unjustified criticism or people who just want to have a pop for the sake of it. As for twisting things round, not guilty, I leave that to the master, your good self. Brummagem Bertie

11:08pm Tue 25 Feb 14

WS1991 says...

Yes average.

Look at the likes of Rob Andress, George Porter, Semesi Taulava, Rob O Donnell, Josh Drauninui, Paul Andrew and James Stephenson. All signed from Championship clubs. All extremely average or worse. They are just off the top of my head. Funny how they are all Richard Hill's signings- shows how utterly awful he was. I am impressed with the majority of DR's signings. This one, however I am not. If he was so good he'd be playing in the premiership. Not for a team 3rd in the champ but just got smashed by London Welsh.

Betty and Cowan have been OK but not what I would call good. Although it is hard to judge Betty as he rarely actually stays on the pitch.
Yes average. Look at the likes of Rob Andress, George Porter, Semesi Taulava, Rob O Donnell, Josh Drauninui, Paul Andrew and James Stephenson. All signed from Championship clubs. All extremely average or worse. They are just off the top of my head. Funny how they are all Richard Hill's signings- shows how utterly awful he was. I am impressed with the majority of DR's signings. This one, however I am not. If he was so good he'd be playing in the premiership. Not for a team 3rd in the champ but just got smashed by London Welsh. Betty and Cowan have been OK but not what I would call good. Although it is hard to judge Betty as he rarely actually stays on the pitch. WS1991

1:19pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Brummagem Bertie says...

WS1991,
"If he was so good he'd be playing in the premiership. Not for a team 3rd in the champ but just got smashed by London Welsh."

Another complete loic fail: you haven't been taking lessons from zx, have you?

Everyone has to start somewhere. Betty now plays regularly in the Prem, as does Cowan, even though not were signed from Pirates, so they were clearly good enough. The same could be said for players like Dave Ward, Rob Cook, Matt Hopper, Dave Strettle, Soane Tonga'uiha, etc., etc. There is even a current England centre who was deemed not good enough by a Premiership club until he had a good season in ND1.

Now I'm not saying that Sanderson will be as good as all or any of those players, just pointing out the ridiculousness of your argument that if you are playing for a Championship club you cannot, by definition, be any good.

WS1991,
"Although it is hard to judge Betty as he rarely actually stays on the pitch."

Sam's played in 20 games this season, for a total of 1339 minutes, or 20 hours 19 minutes. He has been yellow carded in two of those games, for 20 minutes, meaning he has stayed on the pitch for 19 hours 59 minutes, which should be enough for even you to come to a judgement. Clearly, you have been paying too much attention to zx.
WS1991, "If he was so good he'd be playing in the premiership. Not for a team 3rd in the champ but just got smashed by London Welsh." Another complete loic fail: you haven't been taking lessons from zx, have you? Everyone has to start somewhere. Betty now plays regularly in the Prem, as does Cowan, even though not were signed from Pirates, so they were clearly good enough. The same could be said for players like Dave Ward, Rob Cook, Matt Hopper, Dave Strettle, Soane Tonga'uiha, etc., etc. There is even a current England centre who was deemed not good enough by a Premiership club until he had a good season in ND1. Now I'm not saying that Sanderson will be as good as all or any of those players, just pointing out the ridiculousness of your argument that if you are playing for a Championship club you cannot, by definition, be any good. WS1991, "Although it is hard to judge Betty as he rarely actually stays on the pitch." Sam's played in 20 games this season, for a total of 1339 minutes, or 20 hours 19 minutes. He has been yellow carded in two of those games, for 20 minutes, meaning he has stayed on the pitch for 19 hours 59 minutes, which should be enough for even you to come to a judgement. Clearly, you have been paying too much attention to zx. Brummagem Bertie

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