By Tim Clarke 28/03 Updated: 28/03 08:57
TIGHTHEAD prop Tevita Taumoepeau has given Worcester Warrriors a huge boost by penning a new deal which will keep him at Sixways for at least another season.
The Tongan front row giant has enjoyed another superb season, making 22 appearances, and remains a rock in the Warriors scrum.
Taumoepeau, who has 29 caps for his country, has played a total of 178 games for Warriors and the 36-year-old is regarded by many as one of the best signings made by the club in recent times.
Head Coach Richard Hill said: “The big man has signed for us which is fantastic news and completes our front row plans with Rob O’Donnell and John Andress at tighthead.
“He is, in my view, still one of the top three best tighthead scrummagers in the Aviva Premiership. He has one or two man-of-the-match awards this season, which is unusual for tighthead props but shows his importance to us."
“Tevita is now in better shape and playing better than when I first arrived. The conditioning staff have done a superb job to get him playing for 80 minutes. He keeps going and we see him carrying ball, he has improved his game."
“He is also very important for the squad. The team has huge confidence when he is playing, they know that when he plays in the scrum it will not move. Against big scrummaging teams you need someone who can lock out the tighthead and give you a platform.”
Taumoepeau said he was delighted to sign a new deal and remain part of the clubs plans for the future.
“I have good friends in the squad here and the supporters have always been fantastic with me so I am very pleased to agree new terms and to be able to plan for next season at Sixways," he said.
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