Pretorius set to join Warriors

Fri, 03 Jan 2014 09:57
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Worcester Warriors scored a coup by signing of Welsh international Andries Pretorius.

Worcester Warriors scored a coup by signing of Welsh international Andries Pretorius.

The back row forward, who was named in Wales' 2013 Six Nations squad, will join Warriors from Pro12 side Cardiff Blues.

The announcement demonstrates yet another statement of the club's intent as they aim to build a side to compete in the upper echelons of the Premiership.

Pretorius, who was born and bred in South Africa, moved to the United Kingdom in 2006 to study Business at Hartpury College in Gloucestershire.

Having skippered Hartpury and represented England students, he then linked up with Gloucester's Academy, before making the move to Cardiff.

In 2011, Pretorius was awarded Players' Player of the Year and was Cardiff Blues' captain for the 2012/13 season. He won his first cap for Wales during the 2013 mid-year tour to Japan.

Pretorius said: "I have loved my time at Cardiff Blues and it has been an honour to play for and captain such a great team.

"I will continue to give Cardiff 100 percent until the end of the season. My focus will then turn to Worcester.

"I have known Dean Ryan and Carl Hogg from my days at Hartpury and Gloucester. They are top quality coaches who want to take Worcester to the top of English rugby.

"Dean really impressed me with his long term vision for the club and I very much look forward to working with the coaching team to achieve their goals."

Warriors Director of Rugby Dean Ryan said: "I am delighted that Andries has chosen to join the club as we build for the future to become a competitive force in the Premiership.

"We have seen two of our top players extend their contracts last month, which demonstrates that current players and those we are seeking to bring to the club buy into our vision of building for the long-term.

"Andries has a proven track record so we look forward to welcoming him to Sixways in the mid-year."

Warriors Chief Executive Charles Cameron added: "Andries' signing is evidence of the development taking place at the club and shows we are moving in the right direction."

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