Rugby Union
Schofield is Sixways-bound

By Geoff Berkeley 13/04 Updated: 13/04 11:06

DESTRUCTIVE second row Dean Schofield is Sixways-bound after agreeing to sign for Worcester Warriors from French giants RC Toulon.

The 33-year-old former England international, who previously captained Sale Sharks in the Aviva Premiership, will make the move to Warriors for the start of the 2012/13 campaign.

Schofield, who stands at 6ft 6in tall and weighs 20 stone, is set to add further firepower to Richard Hill's pack next season and forwards coach Phil Davies believes the experienced lock will also be bring an aggressive edge to the side.

“We have been looking for a second row to complement Craig Gillies and Chris Jones and be able to work with James Percival to give us an aggressive edge and ball carrying skills," Davies said.

“We need someone who has the experience but who also plays the game in an aggressive and abrasive manner. Dean is that man and is very good at set pieces and is a big scrummager.

“He has good leadership qualities and has played at Toulon which would have been a great experience alongside some world class players. He has real pedigree and is a good team man.”

Manchester-born Schofield became a stalwart at Sale having played in 162 games between 2001 and 2010 before leaving for the Top 14 French outfit.

He made his debut for the national side during England's summer tour of South Africa prior to the 2007 Rugby World Cup and is looking forward to his return to the Premiership.

"I have been lucky enough to play with some quality players at Toulon and I have certainly learnt a few things. I think the experience has been hugely beneficial to me," Schofield said.

"I am looking forward to the move. I spent nine years in the Premiership with Sale Sharks and I always hoped to be able to come back again."

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