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Gloucester Rugby: Dan George disappointed but looking forward to the next chapter

By The Citizen  |  Posted: May 09, 2014

Dan George will join Worcester Warriors in the summer

DAN George admits he was disappointed to be shown the door by Gloucester but he is determined to give a good impression in front of his future employers at Sixways.

The Welsh hooker was surprisingly not offered a new contract at Kingsholm and will join relegated Worcester Warriors in the summer.

But George has enjoyed every minute of his brief stay with the Cherry and Whites and he insists moving up the M5 is the right decision.

He said: “I’m disappointed to be leaving Gloucester after just one season, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here, the coaches have been fantastic, the players brilliant and supporters second to none.

“They told me they did not want to keep me four or five weeks ago, it was a back-and-forth thing and there was always something in the pipeline.

“As soon as I finalised with Gloucester that I wasn’t staying the right decision had to be made and that was Worcester.

“I’m a bit disappointed and surprised because things have gone well, especially in recent weeks, and I have enjoyed being out on the field at Kingsholm.

“But it was the right decision for me to make in terms of my playing career and my family, which comes first.”

Anyone could be forgiven for thinking there is little to play for in the final Premiership clash of the season with Worcester already relegated and Gloucester rooted to the bottom half of the table.

But George reckons there is plenty of collective pride to play for and on a personal level he will be aiming to show Gloucester what they will miss while giving Worcester a taste of the future.

George is one of several changes to the Gloucester side, with Nick Wood and James Hudson also coming into the pack.

With Charlie Sharples, Mike Tindall and Billy Twelvetrees ruled out by injury, Nigel Davies has reshuffled his backline with Jimmy Cowan named captain.

Shane Monahan and Steph Reynolds start on the wings while Henry Trinder forms a new-look midfield partnership with Jonny May.

George said: “With Worcester relegated, us having nothing to play for, some people may think this could be a damp squib, but we want to finish the season on a high following a disappointing year.

“They will want to rebuild for next year and from a personal point of view it’s my last game for Gloucester in front of supporters who have been brilliant to me this season and my first in front of a new set of supporters.

“You don’t want to take a backwards step because what you show on Saturday is what they will expect next season.

“The Championship will be a very tough league and a battle every week, you want to show you are willing to go in and fight with them.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge ahead. Obviously they have been relegated and there’s a big challenge next season, but there’s one more game with Gloucester before I can think about that.”

Worcester Warriors: Chris Pennell; Josh Drauniniu, Alex Grove, Andy Symons, David Lemi; Ryan Lamb, Jonny Arr; Ofa Fainga’anuku, Agustin Creevy, Euan Murray; James Percival, Mariano Galarza; Mike Williams, Sam Betty, Jonathan Thomas. Replacements: Ed Shervington, Paul Andrew, Rob O’Donnell, Semisi Taulava, Richard de Carpentier, Paul Hodgson, Ignacio Mieres, Ravai Fatiaki.

Gloucester Rugby: Rob Cook; Shane Monahan; Jonny May, Henry Trinder, Steph Reynolds; Freddie Burns, Jimmy Cowan (capt); Nick Wood, Dan George, Sila Puafisi; Elliott Stooke, James Hudson; Sione Kalamafoni, Matt Kvesic, Ben Morgan. Replacements: Huia Edmonds, Yann Thomas, Shaun Knight, Tom Savage, Tom Young, Dan Robson, Billy Burns, Andrew Bulumakau

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