Warriors sign young Saints flyhalf Olver

Fri, 05 May 2017 10:07
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NEWS: Worcester Warriors have captured the signing of young Northampton Saints flyhalf Sam Olver.

The 22-year-old, who will join the club in the off-season, becomes Warriors' fifth signing ahead of the 2017/18 campaign, joining current teammate Ethan Waller, Jersey duo Pierce Phillips and Simon Kerrod, and Wasps' Tom Howe.

Peterborough-born Olver earned a professional contract at Franklin's Gardens in March 2013 and has helped Northampton Wanderers to three Aviva A League finals in the last four seasons, having kicked 16 points in last Monday's final to help them defeat Gloucester United to win the 2016/17 title.

During his time at Saints, Olver has made 13 first-team appearances while also having spent time on dual registration at Birmingham Moseley, where he featured against Warriors in the 2014/15 Greene King IPA Championship.

On the international stage, Olver has represented England Under-18s and also made four appearances for the U20s in the 2014 Six Nations, before helping them win the Junior World Championship later that year.

Warriors Director of Rugby Gary Gold said: "Sam is a hungry young player who will provide further competition for the No.10 jersey.

"He has experience of working alongside some top-class fly-halves and we're looking forward to seeing how he develops under the resource and support he will receive here at Sixways.”

Olver added: "I'm really looking forward to joining an exciting club with a big future.

"It's a great opportunity for me to work with a quality coaching set-up and play with a young, growing team.

"I really believe the squad is heading in the right direction and I just can't wait to get started."

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