DONE: Bristol Bears confirm the signing of Worcester Warriors star - Ruck

DONE: Bristol Bears confirm the signing of Worcester Warriors star

Versatile forward Joe Batley has re-joined Bristol Bears with immediate effect, the club can confirm.

The 26-year-old, who can play in the second row and back row, returns to Ashton Gate after leaving Worcester Warriors.

Director of Rugby, Pat Lam, said: “It’s been a challenging time for Joe and his family, but we are pleased to be able to bring him back into a club and system he knows and enjoys.

“He’s grown and developed massively during his time in Worcester, and I know he will add real value to our team going forward.”


Ollie Lawrence and five other Worcester players who’ve already found new clubs

Worcester Warriors players and staff are to have their contracts terminated, following part of the club being wound up in the High Court.

HMRC had been pursuing Worcester, who are suspended from all competitions, for unpaid tax of around £6m.

Six players have reportedly already found new clubs, however, many more are still left searching for new clubs.

#1. Ollie Lawrence to Bath

With a high number of injuries to ball carriers and players in key positions, England centre Lawrence has joined the Blue, Black and White as short term injury dispensation cover.

The 23-year-old  has played for his country on seven occasions, scoring his first international try last summer against USA. He was also part of Worcester’s first ever top-flight trophy win in 2021/22.