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Rising star Howard signs new Warriors deal

By Geoff Berkeley Wednesday 20 February 2013 Updated: 20/02 10:28

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ENGLAND u20 international Ben Howard will continue his eye-catching development at Worcester Warriors after penning a new deal to remain at Sixways.

The academy product has scored five tries in seven games for the club since making his Aviva Premiership debut against Leicester Tigers at Welford Road in September.

But it has been the Amlin Challenge Cup and the LV= Cup where the 20-year-old, who can play at full back or wing, has demonstrated his promise - scoring two tries on his first senior start at Bizkaia Gernika RT and then following that up with a superb solo effort against the Spanish side in the reverse fixture.

Howard's performances have earned him a call-up to the England u20s who he is set to line-up for against France u20s at Sixways this Saturday.

Warriors head coach Richard Hill has also been hugely impressed with Howard's development this season, which has led him to offer the talented back a new deal.

"Ben has been a real star find for us this year. He has made an impression every time he has played for Warriors," Howard said.

"He very rarely makes a mistake for someone still so young and he will produce something spectacular every game.

"Ben has a good skill set and is very safe under the high ball. Whether he is playing at wing or full back, he has genuine pace and has great counter attacking potential.

"He is a tall young man and his aim over the coming years will be develop his frame and become very physically strong. He has huge potential to be a very good player for us.

"His performances for our first team have been noted by the England u20 coaches and we now wish him the very best of luck for the remainder of the RBS 6 Nations campaign."

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