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Pair get new Worcester Warriors contracts

Dale Rasmusen
Rasmussen joined Worcester from Exeter in 2004

Worcester Warriors have re-signed veteran Samoan international centre Dale Rasmussen and Welsh hooker Ed Shervington for next season.

Rasmussen has made 23 appearances this season to take his Warriors tally to 168, while Shervington has made 16 appearances since joining from Ospreys.

"As far as I'm concerned I am 100% happy with Dale.

"He has hit top form at the right time," head coach Richard Hill told BBC Hereford and Worcester.

"The only question was whether Dale felt he would want to carry on.

"He has been a great servant for Worcester and did he have the motivation to carry on?

"But he loves it here and wants to play on. He is playing better than ever in my view and he is looking fresh.

We have retained Ed as he is developing all the time

Worcester coach Richard Hill

"We have made sure that he has had the rest at the right time and we haven't battered him week in and week out."

Meanwhile Shervington, who has been capped for Wales at Under-18, Under-19 and Under-21 level, has agreed a new one-year deal at Sixways.

"We have retained Ed as he is developing all the time," Hill said of the 26-year-old.

"With the three hookers we have in Chris Fortey, Aleki Lutui and Ed we could have gone for two of any three of those in recent weeks.

"I have gone for continuity in recent weeks and Ed has missed out in the last few games.

"But I feel Ed could come into the first team and do equally as well, he played against Moseley recently in the cup and played very well indeed.

"We are looking to the future and he is a modern day hooker who is fast, athletic, mobile and very, very fit."

Shervington said: "I'm very pleased to sign a new contract at Worcester as I have enjoyed my year here.

"I love the boys and have enjoyed working under the coaching team at Warriors."

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