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All of the hard work put in at Worcester Warriors over the last year has been for occasions like the London Double Header and Dean Ryan has urged his players to seize the moment.

There are few places any rugby fan would rather be than among a Twickenham crowd in full roar and on Saturday 28 November, Worcester Warriors supporters will be able to get behind their team as they play their first ever IVs game at rugby HQ.

Warriors face Saracens, the team who won the title at the same ground in May then an ever-improving Wasps will take on Tom Coventry’s new-look London Irish side.

Worcester may be the underdogs for the occasion but you only have to look at their recent achievements – securing promotion with the last kick of the game against Bristol, before opening up the new campaign with a brilliant win over Northampton Saints – to know that they will be comfortable on the big stage.

And Ryan says that he’s assembled a squad that will have a point to prove on the biggest stage of them all.

"For us, you could look at Saracens in the London Double Header in front of a full house and some might be nervous," he said.

"But when you get nervous and worried about it, remember where we were last year and what we were driving for. To be playing at a full house against those teams, what more could we ask for? Let’s go and enjoy it."

The likes of Ryan Lamb and Tom Biggs have been in the top-flight for much of their career and have returned to state their case again with Warriors and Ryan says that everyone has bought into the challenge.

"A lot of our players weren’t first choice at the bigger clubs and they were frustrated that they were told that they couldn’t play in the Aviva Premiership," added Ryan.

"The core factor for us is that a lot of these guys are so desperate to be successful and there are no passengers.

"Nobody is here for the end of their contract, for a year in London or England – nobody. Everybody here buys into what we are trying to do so I think that gives us enough traction to work hard and be competitive and I’m sure that Twickenham will be no different in that regard."

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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