Ben Te’o England selection is pleasing
Worcester Warriors Director of Rugby Alan Solomons addressed the media earlier today at Sixways Stadium.
Centre Ben Te’o will start at inside centre for England on Saturday as they prepare to face champions Ireland at Twickenham Stadium (2.45pm).
The Worcester Warriors man will earn his 13th England cap as they battle for a second place finish and try to prevent Ireland from claiming a record third Grand Slam.
England squad to face Ireland:
15. Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby 32 caps), 14. Jonny May (Leicester Tigers 33 caps), 13. Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby 39 caps), 12. Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors 12 caps), 11. Elliot Daly (Wasps 17 caps), 10. Owen Farrell (Saracens 57 caps), 9. Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens 30 caps); 1. Mako Vunipola (Saracens 48 caps), 2. Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints 92 caps), 3. Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins 9 caps), 4. Maro Itoje (Saracens 18 caps), 5. George Kruis (Saracens 24 caps), 6. Chris Robshaw (Harlequins 63 caps), 7. James Haskell (Wasps 76 caps), 8. Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs 6 caps)
16. Jamie George (Saracens 24 caps), 17. Joe Marler (Harlequins 55 caps), 18. Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers 81 caps), 19. Joe Launchbury (Wasps 51 caps), 20. Don Armand (Exeter Chiefs 1 cap), 21. Danny Care (Harlequins 80 caps), 22. George Ford (Leicester Tigers 44 caps), 23. Mike Brown (Harlequins 68 caps)
Solomons not phased by Sam Vesty exit
Warriors backs coach Sam Vesty is leaving for Northampton Saints for the 2018/19 season and Solomons wishes him the very best in his progression as a coach.
The 36-year-old former Leicester, Bath and England versatile back will join Saints after two years at Worcester Warriors. He will be part of the backroom team being put together to work under incoming director of rugby Chris Boyd.
Solomons has insured that Vesty will give his best for the remainder of the current season, with only five games remaining, and insists that his departure is just part and parcel of the professional workplace.
“Synergy is important”
Neil Doak has been appointed as attack and backs coach as of next season and comes in from Ulster Rugby where Solomons had previously been appointed as Director of Rugby from 2001-2004.
Backs coach Vesty and breakdown coach Simon Cross will leave their roles with the Premiership club at the end of the season.
Doak, 45, will work alongside new Warriors head coach Rory Duncan, who also previously coached at Ulster Rugby.
Solomons believes that synergy is the key to success and he insists that the new coaching team for next season can bring that to Worcester Warriors.