WALES wing Josh Adams reckons Worcester Warriors are “really fortunate” to have a “complete player” like flanker Sam Lewis in their ranks.

A string of man-of-the-match displays has seen Lewis become a crowd favourite at Sixways following his arrival from Ospreys in March 2015.

The 29-year-old has racked up 76 appearances, scoring 11 tries and has now agreed to extend his stay at Warriors.

Adams was in awe of his countryman’s talents during his time at the club and said Lewis was “one of the best” he had played with in his career.

“Sam is an unbelievable player,” said Adams prior to his departure from Warriors in May.

“He is one of the best I have played with.

“He has got skills like a back but he tackles and rucks like a forward.

“He is probably a complete player.

“He is obviously not perfect but has been outstanding and probably been the most consistent player for Warriors over the past season.

“He is one of the hardest boys I have ever met as well. You can knock him down as many times as you want but he will keep getting back up and getting stuck in.

“Worcester are really fortunate to have a player like Sam because he is international quality.”

Lewis scored four tries in five matches in Warriors’ 2014-15 Championship-winning campaign including a hat-trick against London Scottish in the semi-final second leg.

A shoulder injury that required surgery forced Lewis to miss the entire 2015-16 season but since his return he has been ever-present in Worcester’s side.

His defensive statistics have often been among the best in the Gallagher Premiership as he made a whopping 294 hits with a 96 per cent tackle success rate last term.

But it is Lewis’ ability in attack that has stood out for Adams who is also convinced there is “more to come” from his former team-mate.

“If you watch the games a lot of the time he’s out in the back-line because he’s so comfortable with ball in hand,” Adams said.

“He can pass with both hands and believe it or not he can kick like a back as well!

“In the forwards he is always over the ball, slowing it down and is a great tackler as well.

“He is a fantastic player and I know he is still improving so I am sure there is more to come from Sam.”

While Adams’ try-scoring showings in blue and gold resulted in international recognition, Lewis has remained uncapped at senior level. Adams, who now plays for Cardiff Blues, was forced to leave Warriors this summer to keep his Wales hopes alive due to his country’s selection policy.

Only Welsh players with 60 caps or more are currently considered if they play outside of Wales.

Lewis’ decision to stay at Warriors will hamper his chances of wearing the famous red shirt unless the rule changes.

Asked why Lewis had not been called up in the past, Adams said: “If you look at Wales’ back row the strength in depth is unbelievable.

“I am sure all international teams would kill for quality players like Wales have in the back row.

“But Sam has got attributes that do make him stand out.

“Everyone has got their point of difference but I am sure that if Sam keeps working hard and putting the performances in like he does then hopefully a call will come.”