Fixtures - Top Bar

Max Stelling excited for Sam Lewis’ Warriors return

It has been a long road to recovery for Worcester Warriors flanker Sam Lewis, and teammate Max Stelling believes his return to Anglo-Welsh Cup duties will feel like a new signing at Sixways.

The 26-year-old Lewis has not appeared for the first team since May 2015, back when Warriors were in the Championship, two months after he arrived from Welsh side Ospreys.

But a troublesome shoulder has kept him out of contention, a blow that reared its ugly head once again in March when surgery was required. Finally he is ready to take to the stage for his side’s Anglo-Welsh Cup trip to Wasps this Sunday.

Click here for the latest fixtures and results from the Anglo-Welsh Cup

And for Stelling, the return of Lewis has given a lift to everyone at Sixways, now hoping he can make his mark at the Ricoh Arena this weekend, far from the easiest game upon which to make a return.

“Sam has worked incredibly hard and it’s a testament to him to now be back after all the adversity,” he said.

“Just to be training with him is fantastic, all the lads are really looking forward to seeing how he goes on Sunday and hopefully can come straight back at it.

“It’s been a huge frustration on his part, going through all the setbacks and procedures he has is tough on anyone. I know it’s a massive relief for him to be able to put the Worcester shirt on and he’s hugely excited for the game.

“But there are no easy games to come into, so a trip to the Ricoh won’t bother him too much.”

The Warriors have enjoyed a positive start to their Anglo-Welsh Cup campaign, getting the better of Bristol Rugby 31-25.

Click here for the latest Anglo-Welsh Cup tables and an explanation of the format of the tournament

But that followed what was undoubtedly a disappointing October, winning just one match in all competitions, a run Stelling is desperate to address.

And with Northampton Saints to come in next week’s Aviva Premiership Rugby clash, the centre is keen to put together a run of form befitting of the side’s work behind the scenes.

“Any win does lots of good for the club, and to get two on the bounce would give the whole club a real positive feel going into the Northampton game,” he said.

“It can go a long way but we’ve got to do the job on Sunday first.

“We’ve not spoken much about Wasps. They’re an exciting team, we know they’re a group that love to score tries but we’re exactly the same.

“We’ve spent the game worrying about ourselves, putting a game together that, if we can execute, can put them under pressure and lead to us scoring.”

The second round of the Anglo-Welsh Cup kicks off this weekend. For full details of the tournament and tickets for the Final at the Twickenham Stoop on Sunday 19 March see www.new-heroes.com

Latest News

England squad gather ahead of Barbarians test

Twenty nine players have assembled in Pennyhill Park today ahead of England’s match against the Barbarians next Sunday (28th May)…

Match Reaction: Wasps 21 Leicester Tigers 20

Wasps director of rugby Dai Young believes his side are still growing in what is turning into a special Aviva…

Match Reaction: Exeter Chiefs 18 Saracens 16

Saracens’ dominance in Aviva Premiership Rugby was finally ended by Exeter Chiefs on Saturday, and while they had to do…

Match Reaction: Northampton Saints 21 Connacht 15

Northampton Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder heaped praise on the defensive resolution of his side as they reached the…

AUDIO: Wasps 21 Leicester Tigers 20 post match reaction

A cracking Premiership semi-final at the Ricoh as midlands neighbours Wasps and Leicester Tigers locked horns. Ian Williams was in…

Match Report: Wasps 21 Leicester Tigers 20

Josh Bassett’s last-gasp score booked Wasps' first Aviva Premiership Rugby Final appearance in four years after overcoming Leicester Tigers 21-20 in…

Match Report: Northampton Saints 21 Connacht 15

Northampton Saints are just one game away from playing in next season's European Rugby Champions Cup after downing a battling…

Match Report: Exeter Chiefs 18 Saracens 16

Exeter Chiefs stunned defending champions Saracens to book their second straight Aviva Premiership Final appearance in the most dramatic of…

Wasps team to play Leicester Tigers in the Aviva Premiership Semi Final


Dai Young has named his side to take on Leicester Tigers in the Aviva Premiership semi final at the Ricoh…

Ashley Johnson

Leicester Tigers team news for the Aviva Premiership semi-final

Tom Youngs will make his 100th starting appearance for Leicester Tigers on Saturday when he leads the club in their…

Tom Youngs

Player of the year Millar-Mills benefiting from increased coverage of women’s game

Lichfield Ladies Director of Rugby Becky Williams said she was grateful that more people could appreciate Women’s Premiership Players’ Player…

Exeter Chiefs side to face Saracens

Rob Baxter believes his Exeter Chiefs squad are better prepared for what lies ahead as they look to secure themselves…

Thomas Waldrom

Saracens name team for Sandy Park semi-final

Saracens have named their side to face Exeter Chiefs for Saturday’s Aviva Premiership semi-final at Sandy Park, kick-off 14h30 (Live…

Duncan Taylor

AUDIO: Preview of this weekend’s Aviva Premiership semi-finals

It's play off semi-final time in the Aviva Premiership. Russell Hargreaves looks ahead to the those as well as the…

Premiership Rugby

Jack Maunder reflects on exciting “rollercoaster” season with Exeter Chiefs after award nomination

From starting with National League 1 side Plymouth Albion, to finishing with hearing about his place in the England squad…