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Chris Bennell: Legend of Worcester Warriors to exit as part of massive reshuffle


Chris Pennell has spent his entire career at Worcester Warriors

Wooster Warriors full-back Chris Bennell is set to leave after 14 years of service – mostly in the Premier League.

The 34-year-old England international, who has been under little use this season, is part of a dressing room reshuffle at the end of the season.

Also leaving will be Prob Nick Schuenert, 29, a former England national footballer, and Scotland international Cornel Du Prez, 30.

Both strikers were released early in their contracts and given permission to speak to other clubs.

Former captain JJ Van Welsey, 33, is also part of a massive 20-player exodus of Sixways that includes four already confirmed moves – a half-scram. Francois Huggard to the hornets, winger / back Nick David to Harlequins, Half Air Scotland Intl Duncan Weir to Glasgow Warriors and facilities again Scott Van Breda to the Jersey Reds.

Schuenert, who came from the Cheetahs in his native South Africa, and Van Wils, who joined from Northampton, are the Warriors’ most long-serving players, both arriving in 2014.

In addition, it has now been announced that George Merrick Lock and Tight Prop Richard Palframan will do so Both join the Newcastle Falcons.

Prop Callum Black and back row striker Matt Cox announced earlier this week that they are Retire from professional rugby.

The other eight players leaving are back-row strikers Marco Mama and Matty Williams, goalkeeper halves Juno Quito and Michael Heaney, Samoa international winger Ed Fido, Conor Curry, prostitute Matt Molds and cute half Luke Baldwin, who has spent the past two seasons on loan with the Dragons at Pro14.

The Warriors have made nine signings so far for next season, including five internationals, vs Wales مباراة Owen Williams, England scrum half Willie Hines, Scotland Pavilion Dohan van der Merwe Wells Hooker Scott Baldwin From Harlequins and Tonga Number Eight Sion Villano from wasps.

Worcester will bring too Scrum Bath Half Well Choddle And three strikers – props Christian judge And the Jack Owlette and multi-use Kyle Hathrill From Jersey Reds.

Pinnell is proud of the Long Sixways Association

“I am very proud of my time with the club,” Penel, who has scored 43 attempts in 253 Premier League games, told the club.

“I feel very fortunate to have been doing what I have been doing with Wooster for so many years.

“It’s really an exciting time for the club with all the changes that have been made. I hope success is around the corner.”

Bennell, son of the late former Kent, Worcestershire and England cricketer Graham Daley, is open to offers, as well as willing to pursue a new business interest in the area.

Chris Bennell and Johnny May
Chris Pinnell scored his only attempt in an England shirt in the 38-7 win over the Crusaders in Christchurch in June 2014 – the same round he won his only hat

“The romance in me thinks it would be nice to end my playing career at Sixways,” he said. “But it is also exciting for me to explore other opportunities.

“It has been a huge number of years since there was any consideration of playing for another team.

“And with my body, but more importantly, my head in a really good place, now is the time to move on.”

The long-time favorite of the Sixways player has been denied the chance to appear farewell after The last Saturday match at home in the English Premier League has been cancelled Against Gloucester due to the Covid-19 outbreak in the opponents camp.

“The pens are one of the legends of the club,” said Alan Solomons, Warriors Director of Rugby. “Having 250 matches for one club is an amazing achievement and says a lot about the man. It is unique. He has been blessed to have him throughout his career here.”

Warriors coach Jonathan Thomas added: “I played with Pens when I first came here. He’s an amazing person, and a great friend. Everyone knows what a loyal butler he has been up to over such a long period of time and consistent performance.”

“I have no doubts that he will be successful in everything he does because he is such an amazing role as a man and the way he carries himself. I am sad it is the end of an era because he is such a special man. The club will not feel the same without him as a player because he feels like he was a Worcester.”


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