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Worcester Warriors Sign USA International Andrew Durutalo

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 03: Andrew Durutalo of United States is tackled by Samoa Toloa of Samoa during day three of the Emirates Dubai Rugby Sevens - HSBC Sevens World Series Trophy Final match between Samoa and United States on December 3, 2016 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

Worcester Warriors, the Aviva Premiership’s current bottom club, have secured the services of 29-year-old USA international Andrew Durutalo.

The 19 times-capped American Eagle arrives at Worcester having spent the beginning of the season with Championship side Ealing Trailfinders, scoring five tries in his first six games.

The impressive backrower also brings with him Super Rugby experience, having spent a season with the Sunwolves and was a bright light in an otherwise disappointing campaign for the Japanese franchise.

The New York-born flanker was a member of the USA’s sevens squad who took part in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Upon his arrival at Sixways Stadium Durutalo said (via the BBC): 

“I’m delighted to make the step into the Premiership and can’t wait to show what I can do on the pitch.”

Despite Worcester only having one point from their opening six Premiership games, it’s great to see Durutalo being given the opportunity to play in such a competitive competition. 

The American backrower has always been a standout performer in underperforming teams and it will be interesting to see if his impact can help unlock the potential in this Warriors team.

Warriors’ Director of Rugby Gary Gold said: 

“Andrew is a talented, strong individual who will add some extra firepower to our back row. We’re looking forward to seeing how he goes.”

Gold will leave Worcester at the end of the current season to take the role of head coach of the USA.

Worcester warriors have also signed Australian fly-half Jono Lance and have secured the services of ex-Edinburgh coach Alan Solomons on a short-term basis in an effort to improve on Worcester’s disappointing results.

On the arrival of Solomons to the club, Gold added: 

“He will become an important member of the backroom set-up and the knowledge he will pass on to players will be invaluable as we look to get positive results on the pitch.”

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