Te’o and Solomons looking forward to Gallagher Premiership Rugby season
It has been a busy summer for Worcester Warriors, what with a plethora of signings and the arrival of Rory Duncan as new head coach to-boot.
The imports come as the side look to improve on the last campaign that flickered brightly before Christmas with consecutive wins over Northampton Saints and Leicester Tigers but culminated in an 11th-place finish.
And for British and Irish Lions tourist Ben Te’o, the impact has certainly been felt in a positive way around the club.
“It’s been a lot more organised, there are less rumours going around the place in terms of who’s coming who’s going since Alan Solomons came in,” said Te’o who is recovering from a thigh injury.
“We just crack on, train hard and he organises the rest.
“I haven’t been in with the team training, I’ve been doing my own rehab, but Rory [Duncan] seems like a great guy.
“The boys seem to enjoy him.
“We haven’t talked about targets, and I think that’s the right thing for us to do – just focus on playing well week-in-week-out.”
Despite losing David Denton to Leicester Tigers after a year at the club and Donncha O’Callaghan to retirement, the Warriors have recruited cannily.
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The arrival of Scottish international fly-half Duncan Weir from Edinburgh is a signal of intent, whilst South African Francois Venter looks to be an exciting acquisition.
For Te’o, however, there is one recruit in particular that represents a coup for Worcester: the retainment of Australian Jono Lance.
“It’s a great signing I think,” he continued.
“The fact that someone came, played on a short-term deal, and wanted to come back – I wouldn’t say lots of people have done that at Worcester.
“He obviously came – and lived not far from me actually – and he really enjoyed his time.
“We did some good socials, he played some rugby, I think he felt appreciated by the fans, and he enjoyed it. I was just glad that he wanted to come back.”
Director of rugby Solomons has also outlined that consistency will be key if his side are to progress in this Gallagher Premiership Rugby campaign.
Taking over from fellow South African Gary Gold at the turn of the new year, the former Northampton Saints head coach has conducted his first pre-season since taking over at Sixways.
The 68-year-old believes that his side must demonstrate a resilient streak if they are to retain their place in the top flight.
“I think we have got to look at getting a consistent performance,” said Solomons at the Gallagher Premiership launch event.
“At the level of competition that we are playing in, we need to perform close to our best and we need to do that consistently.
“It’s a very tough competition because every week, all players are available for the bulk of the season except during the November internationals.
“The teams are well prepared, all well coached and they have all got quality players, so it is a very tough competition.
“Everyone wants a good start. There are no easy games, not home, not away, not anywhere.”