The Worcester Warriors are giving themselves every opportunity of avoiding relegation after appointing Gary Gold as their new director of rugby until the end of the season, and moving to sign Ryan Grant from the Glasgow Warriors with immediate effect.
The Warriors have been flirting with the drop since the beginning of the season, and found themselves floundering after their defeat to Bristol during the Christmas period.
Indeed, although the Warriors steadied themselves with a win over Harlequins on New Year’s Day, that victory only came after Bristol earned an away win at the Sale Sharks.
This left the Warriors only one point clear of Bristol at the foot of the table, with the threat of relegation still hanging over them. Nevertheless, Worcester have attempted to seize the momentum by appointing Gold with only nine games remaining this campaign.
The South African is an experienced coach, who almost saved the Newcastle Falcons from the drop in 2012. When Gold took over in January of the year the Falcons found themselves 12 points behind Wasps.
However, despite attaining more points than they did during the 2010/11 season, the Falcons were relegated after finishing one point behind Wasps.
To further their bid to stave off relegation, the Worcester have also signed Ryan Grant. Although the loosehead has spent a great deal of time on the treatment table with back and wrist injuries in recent seasons, Grant’s participation in the 2013 British and Irish Lions tour underlines his quality.
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