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Ryan Lamb relishing Worcester Warriors’ no pressure London Double Header shot

Ryan Lamb insists there will be no pressure on Worcester Warriors when they kick off their season against reigning Aviva Premiership Rugby Champions Saracens at the London Double Header.   

This will be Worcester’s second trip to Twickenham in a year, after they faced Sarries in last season’s London Double Header.

On that occasion they lost 48-18 to the Men in Black who went on to claim their third Aviva Premiership Rugby crown and win the European Rugby Champions Cup for the first time.

It was a tough ask for newly-promoted Worcester and, a year on, fly-half Lamb says there is no pressure on the underdogs as they prepare for the Aviva Premiership’s curtain-raiser at the home of English rugby on 3 September.
“There’s no pressure on us and no-one expects us to do much against the European champions at Twickenham,” said Lamb.

“I think everyone expects Saracens to win and I’m sure they’re heavy favourites with the bookmakers.

“But we know we’ve prepared really well and have a really good squad this year. There’s not much pressure on us to go and perform so we’re happy with where we are.

“We just want to get the next two weeks out of the way now so we’re ready for the big one.”

Lamb has experience of beating Saracens in the London Double Header. He was part of the London Irish side which came from 10-6 down to win 33-16 at Twickenham in 2010, kicking three penalties and two conversions to stun the north Londoners.

“Beating Sarries was pretty memorable,” said the 30-year-old. “It’s a great atmosphere; a party atmosphere where you can get sucked into that relaxed feeling.

“It’s the start of the season and there’s no pressure so the fans are all relaxed. It’s usually a nice day too.

“We have to be business-like. The lads will take a lot of confidence from last year; knowing what to expect, what the changing rooms are like, knowing about the different environment and how noisy the crowd can be. 

“It’s nice to have played it before and know what to expect.”

This will be Lamb’s third London Double Header and, for that reason, the former England Saxon doesn’t anticipate any surprises on the day against Mark McCall’s side.

“Sarries always want to put as much heat on a team as possible and last year they did it really well,” said Lamb.

“They dominated in Europe and were unbeaten. They’re a formidable team and well coached. They all know what they’re doing and that’s why they exert so much pressure on you.
“It’s going to be the biggest test for us away at Twickenham, the home of English rugby. You can’t get anything bigger and the boys are really looking forward to it.

“We just want to get there now and get on that big stage.”
Start the Aviva Premiership Rugby Season in style with two games from £25 at Twickenham. Harlequins v Bristol Rugby and Saracens v Worcester Warriors in the London Double Header, 3 September. Tickets available from

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