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Annett relishing the big occasion at Twickenham

Neither Niall Annett nor Worcester Warriors have ever played at Twickenham before but ahead of the London Double Header this weekend – the hooker remains undaunted.

Aviva Premiership Rugby’s new boys have hit the ground running this season – two wins already placing them comfortably sixth in the table.

But this weekend will be their biggest test yet – taking on defending champions Saracens in unfamiliar territory in front of a huge crowd.

Their task is made harder still when you consider that Saracens are unbeaten in their last nine games in all competitions, a run that stretches back to a defeat last season to Exeter Chiefs.

Indeed Saracens are becoming regular visitors to Twickenham and have only lost once in their last five visits but Annett is adamant that Warriors are embracing the opportunity in front of them.

“Of course this game stands out on the calendar, you would always pick out a game at Twickenham – that is something every rugby player would love to take part in,” he said.

“I have never actually played there before so I am sure it will be a great occasion and hopefully we can put in a good performance to match.

“You want to go out there and enjoy it, to try and treat it like any other game of rugby but 60-80,000 people there certainly adds to the occasion and makes you want to go out and play your best game.

“Saracens have got fantastic pedigree, the reigning champions with international class everywhere. These are the games that you play rugby for, to go up against the best teams, in the best environments and this will certainly be that – it’s exciting to see how we will go.”

Saracens have won their last three Premiership Rugby fixtures against Warriors since Worcester's 12-3 victory at Sixways in November 2012.

But Annett is adamant that the newly-promoted Warriors are itching to prove themselves against the very best – having already beaten Northampton Saints this campaign.

“We are only four games into the season, we have still got a lot to prove and we know that,” he added.

“But from those four games you can see we are building a culture, that we are not afraid to play rugby – it is up to us to keep proving ourselves every week.

“Since I have been here we have talked about how we want to make Worcester a successful club, challenging at the top of the Premiership and that can be competitive in Europe as well.

“We are a bit off that at the moment but we are working towards that as our goal and this will be a good occasion to show we can try and mix it with those teams.”

See two Aviva Premiership Rugby games at Twickenham from just £24 as Saracens face Worcester Warriors and London Irish play Wasps at the London Double Header on 28 November. Click here for tickets
 

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