Rugby Union: Diamond in Charge at Worcester

A new era opens this Saturday for Worcester Warriors when Steve Diamond takes charge of his first Premiership match at Sixways where his side take on the formidable challenge of Northampton Saints who’ve won the last three league games between the two clubs.

As Diamond’s squad will be keen to impress their new boss, formerly at Sale Sharks from 2012 to 2020, in his first game, you can risk some money on Worcester achieving a rare Premiership victory.

Diamond, who never took any prisoners as a player and is a forthright and aggressive coach, has taken over from Jonathan Thomas who left the Warriors this week.

As Diamond, 60, who had a successful spell at Sale during which the Sharks qualified fives times for the Heineken Cup, prepares his team, his immediate aim is to transform Worcester’s Premiership form.

They’ve won only one match in their last five, but punters can surely expect a mood change among the players in Diamond’s first match.

Currently, Worcester are second from bottom..12th..with only three wins in 12 matches, but should be boosted by the return from injury of Welsh fly half/centre Owen Williams who’s been out since October.

The utility back, ex-Scarlets and Leicester Tigers, will be in Diamond’s squad which the new coach believes is failing to reach its potential given its quality.

With the backing of another big crowd at Sixways, about 10,000, desperate to see Diamond start with a win, the atmosphere will be electric, and with Northampton, fifth and ambitious to finish in the top four play-offs, a cracking game is in prospect.