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Rob Higgitt joins Worcester on a one-year contract

Rob Higgitt
Higgitt has previously played for Caerphilly and Ebbw Vale

Worcester Warriors have signed former Scarlets centre Rob Higgitt on a one-year contract.

Warriors head coach Richard Hill previously worked with the 28-year-old at Bristol, where Higgitt played between 2002 and 2008.

"Rob is one of the most dedicated players I've ever worked with," Hill told BBC Hereford & Worcester.

"I am delighted he will join us at Warriors for next season as Rob eats, breathes and speaks rugby."

Higgitt was spotted by Bristol when he was a student at the University of Bath and was initially signed to their Under-21 side.

He went on to make 111 appearances for Bristol between 2002 and 2008 and scored 20 tries.

Welsh-born Higgitt joined Scarlets in 2008 and spent two years with the Welsh region, memorably scoring the final try at Stradey Park in October 2008.

Hill believes that Higgitt can become a key figure in Warriors' efforts to return to the Guinness Premiership at the first attempt.

It's a passionate place with very vocal fans so it will be nice to be cheered rather than booed for once

Rob Higgitt

"He is extremely focused and someone that other players look up to because of his work ethic and superb attitude," he said.

"Rob is also the master of defence and when I worked with him at Bristol we used the blitz defence to really press teams, in which he was our leader who set the example for others to follow.

"Every season he plays with confidence and looks to prove himself again, that is exactly the type of character we want at Warriors," he added.

Higgitt is relishing the chance to join up again with Hill and is also looking forward to playing regularly at Sixways.

"I worked with Richard at Bristol and know the type of culture and atmosphere he will create so that is a big pull for me to join Warriors," he said

"He creates an environment where you are determined to contribute and be part of a success story.

"I have played at Sixways a few times for Bristol and everyone in rugby knows about the facilities, it's an outstanding club that always seems to be moving forward.

"It's a passionate place with very vocal fans so it will be nice to be cheered rather than booed for once."



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