‘I’m not going to sign him… you need guys who are tough cases’

Worcester boss Steve Diamond has dismissed speculation that are in the market to sign the fiji padlock lioness nakarawa from Toulon, revealing instead that he hopes to secure the overnight signing of a Kiwi second row to complete the Warriors’ recruitment ahead of the 2022/23 season. The incoming director of rugby has been busy reviewing his squad while taking up his current role as senior rugby consultant ahead of Alan Solomons’ impending departure.

Diamond claimed on Tuesday that he managed to sign each and every player he wanted to recruit, adding that one piece of the puzzle remained to be confirmed and it would not be Nakarawa, who was linked with the club. highly acquired italian duo Hamé Faiva Y Renato Giammarioli, Russian Valeriy Morozov, Couple for sale curtis langdon and Cam Neild, and the Australian Fergus Lee-Warner.

“The people who are joining us, most of them have been around the building this week to find apartments and houses in the locality, they all understand the job at hand, which is to get Worcester to be highly competitive,” Diamond explained in his press conference ahead of Saturday’s final outing in the 2021/22 Premiership.

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“I have everyone (I wanted). I say everyone, but I have to get the signature of a padlock. When the lock signing comes out tonight, it will be announced this week sometime and then we’ll be done. We are finished and we have a very competitive squad. I’ve grafted him, found him and he seems to be a good player so fingers crossed. It’s not often he’s done that though, to be honest. [recruited every player targeted].”

Asked if the signing would be Nakarawa, the Fijian veteran, Diamond said no. “Well, first of all, he is a wonderful player. Second, I’m not going to sign him. I made up my mind when I came here that to get them [Worcester] where I want them for the next twelve months, not the next three years; I don’t need to say it takes three years to turn this ship around, all that normal crap you hear from people who have a job for three years.

“My job is to turn Worcester around quickly and to do that you need guys who are tough cases, who are the right age and the right experience, so the lock that’s going to come in is a Kiwi, he’s 26, 27 years old. old, I won’t tell you his name yet because he may not sign the contract, but I’m pretty sure he will, and it will fit in the same bill as curtis langdonWhat Fergus Lee-Warnerlike Cam Neild, that team that does not come to bother”.

Fresh off his recent Premiership Rugby Cup final win over London Irish, Diamond has big ambitions for Worcester next season after a league campaign in which he is bottom of the game heading into this weekend’s final home game. before Bath.

“I don’t think with the team we have I can say we can win the league if I’m perfectly honest, but what I can say is we’ll be very competitive and if you’re very competitive home and away then you can get bonus points if you win. you lose or draw and the team that has been formed will be given a goal and the goal is very, very simple, to enter the Heineken Cup.

“We’ve never been to the Heineken Cup before, so that’s the goal. Whether we finish first, eighth, sixth or seventh, I don’t care if I’m being honest, but that will be progression for us. There’s not going to be this bullshit tirade about where we’re going to finish and what position we’re going to get, it’s going to be us moving the club forward, qualifying for the Heineken Cup competition and that’s going to be a huge leap forward. after the Prem Cup.

“The beauty of it now is that when we come back, all of our new players will be arriving on the same day, so there’s something positive about bringing those kinds of things together. We won’t be going to fancy places in the summer, the Brecon Beacons isn’t too far away, we’ll see what this lot is like up there at night, staying on Andy Powell’s farm.”

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