Willi Heinz makes switch from Gloucester to Worcester

Willi Heinz has played 13 Tests for England
Willi Heinz has played 13 Tests for England

Worcester Warriors have announced the signing of England international Willi Heinz from Gallagher Premiership rivals Gloucester Rugby at the end of the 2021/22 season.

Heinz started his professional rugby career with provincial side Canterbury in New Zealand in 2009 and a year later went on to represent Crusaders making over 50 Super Rugby appearances for them.

The 34-year-old made a switch to Gloucester Rugby ahead of the 2015/16 season and has made 90 appearances for them including 70 in the Premiership in six seasons for the Cherry and Whites.

Heinz also has made 13 Test appearances for England since his debut in August 2019 and represented the red rose team in five World Cup games later that year.

“After speaking with Solly, JT and all the coaches I am delighted to be joining Worcester at an exciting time in the club’s history,” Heinz told the official website of the club.

“They have a very clear vision of where they want to take the club , some young coaches who have alignment in terms of implementing this vision and also some very talented young players coming through their systems in addition to having made some eally exciting signings.

“I still feel like I have a lot to give in my career, and want to be part of what is an exciting journey the club is embarking on.”

Worcester Warriors are positioned 11th in the ongoing Gallagher Premiership season with three victories from 11 matches.