Aviva Premiership newcomers Worcester Warriors have announced six players that will be joining their Senior Academy set up for the forthcoming season.
Perhaps the most high profile is 17-year-old scrum half/fly half Jamie Shillcock. Shillcock, who leaves Warwick School, represented the Warriors during the Championship play-offs, sitting on the bench and making his debut against London Scottish in the semi finals. He also represented England U19 a few months ago.
He will be joined by a player from one of Warwickâ€™s rival schools, Bromsgrove. Justin Clegg was in the second row for Bromsgroveâ€™s NatWest Cup victory this year and has represented England U17 and U18, and will also study history at Durham University.
Clegg will be joined by a second young lock, Charlie Hewitt, who has previously had ties with both Bath and Exeter.
The final recruit is James Page. The Malvern College leaver is a loosehead prop who has already represented Worcester in the A League, despite being just 17.
Wales U20 winger Josh Adams joins the club from the Scarlers, while Gareth Milasinovich, able to prop on either side, is another international mover, moving from University of Johannesburg to Worcester.
Andrew Kitchener has also extended his Academy contract, with Hack Singleton, Huw Taylor, and Sam Smith completing the Academy. Tiff Eden, Christian Scotland-Williamson, and Mike Daniels move to the 1st XV squad.
Warriors Academy Manager Mark Hewitt said:
“We are excited about the depth of talent we will have in our Academy next season as we are continuing to focus our attentions on developing young players for the first-team. We’ve seen massive progress from the players in our Academy set-up this season and that has been highlighted by the fact that Tiff, Christian and Mike have all been rewarded with first-team contracts.”
The side whom Worcester denied entry to the Premiership by winning the Championship play off final, Bristol, have also added to their Academy.
Andy Uren and Elias Caven both join from Filton College, while John Hawkins moves from Northampton Saints.
Scrum half Uren â€“ who represented Clifton RFC last season â€“ signs a one year deal, winger Elias Caven pens a two-year contract, with lock John Hawkins agreeing a two year deal. Hawkins was part of the England U18 set up last year and captained the successful Stowe School 1st XV as well as Northampton Saints U18.
Academy Manager Mike Hall said:
â€œWeâ€™ve been working with Andy Uren since he was fourteen. Andy has shown excellent attributes over the past two seasons playing senior rugby.â€
â€œElias Caven showed the potential he has last season scoring a hat trick versus Clifton RFC in a pre-season friendly and the winning try against Northampton Saints at Franklins Gardens in the Aviva A-League. Elias has an excellent skill set as well as being a devastating finisher.â€
“John Hawkins joins from Northampton Saints Elite Player Development Group squad. He captained Stowe School and Northampton Saints U18s last season and represented England versus Wales and France.â€
â€œJohn is a good lineout forward with a very high work rate. Everyone who has worked with him at age-group level – Dusty Hare at Saints and Peter Walton with England U18s – couldn’t speak highly enough of him.”