Worcester Warriors hero Delport lands Sixways role

Thinus Delport
Delport joined Worcester from local rivals Gloucester in 2004

Worcester Warriors legendary full-back Thinus Delport is to rejoin the club to help bring top players to Sixways.

Head Coach Richard Hill has spelt out his vision to develop and reinforce the recruitment strategy and Delport is working as a consultant.

Delport told BBC Hereford and Worcester: "It's a massive year of rugby with the World Cup.

"This new recruitment process will help us identify potential players that will only add to the club."

Fans' favourite Delport made 110 appearances for Worcester between 2004 and 2008, after 18 appearances for South Africa.

He featured for the Lions in Super 15, Gloucester and Warriors in the Premiership in England and Kobelco Steelers in Japan, before moving into coaching at Stourbridge.

The 36-year-old has been working in televisions commenting on the Super 15 games and Hill says he is the right man to help develop the squad at Sixways.

"It's about getting the right group of players together and recruitment is a very serious priority now we are back in the top flight," added Hill.

"We have a highly-motivated squad and very talented players who are developing well.

"The likes of Miles Benjamin, Marcel Garvey, Jonny Arr and Oliver Tomaszczyk are outstanding players who have had good seasons and have bright futures.

"It is crucial that on top of that you can pick out two or three high-quality players that will keep moving the squad forward to achieve our ultimate ambitions.

"One of the key factors to recruiting a player is doing thorough research.

"That way you not only know the person is high quality, but also that they have the right qualities to come into this environment, especially if they are from overseas, and fit in and perform at the highest level."

Delport admitted it was fantastic to be involved with a club once again.

"It's great to be part of the ambition of Worcester Warriors," he said.

"I want to help reach the vision that the club has set out, both that of Cecil Duckworth and Richard Hill and Phil Davies, in terms of the rugby goals."