Worcester sign Ireland prop from Exeter

Aviva Premiership Rugby Club Worcester Warriors have announce the signing of Ireland A international prop John Andress from Exeter Chiefs.

Talented front row forward Andress, who has previously also played for Harlequins and Ulster, will move to Sixways from Sandy Park on a two-year deal at the end of the current season.

The Belfast-born tighthead prop, who has played for Ireland at both A and Under-21 level, originally joined Exeter in 2007 and made 44 appearances before moving to Harlequins in 2009.

The 28-year-old, who is 6ft 2in tall and weighs 18 stone 8lbs, returned to Devon this season and has again impressed as the Chiefs have enjoyed another strong season in the Aviva Premiership.

Forwards Coach Phil Davies said: “I have known of John for a long time and actually looked at signing him when I was with the Scarlets so we are delighted he will be joining the Warriors next season.

“He has a lot of experience behind him and this is an opportunity for him to come into the club and really put that experience into action.

“John is an outstanding scrummager and good ball handler around the field, a true all-round and knowledgeable forward. He is abrasive as a player and desperately keen to do well and push to be successful both with Worcester and also on the international stage.

“He is a good character who I know will bring a lot to our group and I’m sure the supporters will love him when he arrives.

“It has taken us a lot of time to select the right player for Warriors in this position,” added Davies.

“Good tighthead props are not easy to find. Therefore we have really high hopes for John and we are sure he will add to the talented pool of forwards we have at Sixways.”

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