GLOUCESTER Rugby's Willi Heinz has agreed to swap Kingsholm for Sixways this summer after Worcester Warriors confirmed their fifth signing ahead of the next season.

The 35-year old scrum-half was linked to Worcester at the weekend in The Rugby Paper and now it is official that the 13-cap England man will make the short trip from the South-West to Worcestershire.

Head coach Jonathan Thomas believes Heinz is the perfect fit for the club.

"As we have said publicly since we have come in as coaches, recruitment and retention is really important,” he said.

"The impact of COVID-19 means that the salary cap is being reduced so you have to be smarter than ever with your recruitment.

"We are looking for cultural architects, people who can add value as a player first and foremost but also to the environment here at Sixways and helping the development of our young, homegrown players.

"Willi is a really valuable addition to our squad. He’s an international player - and has been recently - which is a huge thing for the club.

"He has an outstanding reputation from cultural and leadership aspects. He’s experienced rugby in different parts of the world, he’s a huge addition to the club and I’m thrilled that he is joining us.”

Heinz joins Scotland international wing Duhan van der Merwe (Edinburgh), tighthead props Jack Owlett (Wasps) and Christian Judge (Bath Rugby) and fellow scrum-half Will Chudley (Bath Rugby) as new additions to Warriors’ squad for next season.

"After speaking with Solly, JT and all the coaches I am delighted to be joining Worcester at an exciting time in the club’s history,” Heinz said.

"They have a very clear vision of where they want to take the club , some young coaches who have alignment in terms of implementing this vision and also some very talented young players coming through their systems.

"I still feel like I have a lot to give in my career, and want to be part of this exciting journey.”