1st Mar, 2021

Judge delivers positive verdict after Sixways signing

Rob George 4th Feb, 2021

WARRIORS have made experienced tighthead prop Christian Judge their third signing for next season.

Judge , 28, will arrive at Sixways after two seasons with Bath Rugby having previously helped Saracens win the Gallagher Premiership in 2019.

Although he was born in Wolverhampton, Judge grew up in Cornwall and played his formative rugby for his local club, Launceston, before joining Plymouth Albion in National One.

England Counties international Judge joined Bedford Blues in 2016 before returning to Cornwall when he joined their Championship rivals where his performances – notably his powerful scrummaging – attracted the interest of Saracens who recruited him initially on a loan deal.

“We are delighted that Chris has decided to join Warriors,” said Warriors Director of Rugby Alan Solomons.

“He is an experienced Premiership tighthead prop, whose game is built on his scrummaging. He will be invaluable to us as we look to take the club forward.

“Chris is also a good team man and will fit in well here at Sixways and we all look forward to his arrival next season.”

Judge, who was a County Championship winner with Cornwall in 2015 and 2016, is excited by the prospect of joining Warriors.

“After meeting the coaches and hearing their vision and ambitions for the club I’m really excited about making the move to Sixways in the summer,” he said.

“It is clear they are building something very positive for the future and it feels like the right time to be joining up. I look forward to being a part of their vision for the club at this exciting time.”

Warriors Head Coach Jonathan Thomas and Scrum Coach Mark Irish have been monitoring Judge since his days at Cornish Pirates when they were part of the coaching team at Bristol Bears.

“We have been following him for a few years now and we remember him playing down at Pirates,” Thomas said.

“Like most tightheads he talks passionately about scrummaging. He did well in the little spell he had with Saracens and he’s done the same at Bath. Hopefully we can help him to fulfil his potential here.

“He’s a good player, a really good person and he’s a really positive signing for us.”

Judge is the second tighthead prop to be signed by Warriors for next season following Jack Owlett, who will arrive at Sixways from Wasps. Scotland international wing Duhan van der Merwe will also arrive from Edinburgh during the summer.

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