Worcester Warriors prop Kai Owen signs contract extension

Worcester Warriors director of rugby Alan Solomons
Worcester Warriors director of rugby Alan Solomons

Worcester Warriors have announced that prop Kai Owen has signed a contract extension with the Gallagher Premiership club.

Owens was part of the Worcester Junior Academy before playing for Coventry, Bridgnorth, Shropshire-based Newport and North Midlands U20s and made a return to Worcester senior Academy ahead of the 2017/18 season.

His senior debut for the club came during the European Challenge Cup clash against Stade Francais in October 2018. The 22-year-old has gone on to make 10 appearances for the club including four in the Premiership. Owen has played for played for Birmingham Moseley, Hartpury and Yorkshire Carnegie on loan or dual registrations during his time at Sixways and also played for Coventry against Saracens in a pre-season friendly two weeks ago on a one-match loan deal.

“Kai is another of our homegrown lads, who has committed his future to the club,” said Warriors Director of Rugby Alan Solomons told the club's official website.

“Unfortunately, Kai’s game time this season has been limited because of the COVID factor. He has, nevertheless, trained really well and been professional in his conduct.

“His scrummaging is developing nicely under the expert tutelage of Mark Irish and I have no doubt that there will be good growth in his game next season. Kai is a good lad and first-class team man and we all welcome him continuing his career with us here at Sixways.”

Owen also has the experience of playing for England Under 20 side during the U20s Six Nations and World Rugby Under 20 Championship in 2019.

“I’m grateful and excited to extend my stay with the club,” he said.

“I’m looking forward to wearing the jersey and being a part of the vision the club has.

“We have top coaches here and hopefully I can get some decent game time to give back to the club and the fans for the support they have given me.”

Worcester Warriors currently are at the bottom of the Gallagher Premiership table after managing just three wins from 12 games.