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Michael Dowsett ‘settled in nicely’ at Worcester Warriors ahead of debut

Michael Dowsett only arrived at Worcester Warriors this week but winger Andy Short believes the scrum-half can make an immediate impact and stake a serious claim for the No.9 shirt against Bristol Rugby.

The 24-year-old joined the club on Tuesday to cover for the injured Francois Hougaard and makes his first start against Bristol Rugby in the Anglo-Welsh Cup on Friday night.

Dowsett joined the Warriors from Australian Super Rugby side ACT Brumbies, where he spent three seasons.

And Short is already impressed with his newest teammate after just a handful of training sessions.

“He arrived earlier in the week and was a bit jet-lagged but he looks a great player in training. I am really looking forward to seeing him,” he said.

“He has settled in nicely and has been welcomed into the group. He has got a bullet pass and looks an elusive runner too, which is exactly what you want from a scrum-half.

“We have a few injuries mounting up in that position and rugby is becoming more physical. The game is evolving that way.

“I don’t think he expected to come in and start straight away but injuries have struck and he has a chance.

“Hopefully he does well and then has an opportunity to start in the league.”

Bristol Rugby have had a frustrating start to the campaign – losing all seven of their Aviva Premiership Rugby matches so far – but Short is adamant that will not have any bearing on the match

And with a chance to impress at Sixways, he admits he is desperate to perform well and play more matches.

He said: “The Anglo-Welsh Cup is very important, like the Challenge Cup, because it gives the club a fresher look with different players coming in and putting their point forward.

“From a personal perspective, I have been frustrated. The boys who are playing are doing really well but this is a chance for me to put a case forward.

“Everyone is in it together. We have put a strong team out and so have Bristol so it makes for a big game.”

The Anglo-Welsh Cup kicks off this weekend and for all the fixtures and details of the Final at the Twickenham Stoop on 19 March see www.new-heroes.com

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