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Warriors sign Johnston

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Worcester Warriors have completed the signing of Samoa tighthead prop James Johnston, in a move that could significantly affect their chances in the Aviva Premiership. He will join up with the club immediately.

The giant forward is an experienced campaigner in the Premiership having already played more than 100 games – 104 appearances to be precise, for Saracens and Harlequins before a short stint with Wasps. Since his move in the summer to Wasps, he hasn’t played a single game for them. And, Worcester pounced on the availability by quickly securing his services.

Worcester coach Dean Ryan was quick to point out that Johnston would help him in areas where his team is weak – scrum. Lack of experience has significantly hampered the Warriors and Ryan is confident that Johnston with his wealth of experience can be a game changer for him. And the 29-year-old Johnston also tweeted his delight at signing for the club. He added that the club are building something special and that he is looking eagerly to linkup with his new teammates.

The Auckland-born Johnston has 14 international caps to his name with Samoa and has made the move to England back in 2009 from the New Zealand side Ponsonby. His wealth of experience in England and Europe makes him an ideal fit for his new side. The Warriors are currently languishing in tenth spot with just 12 points from eight games. Incidentally, the Wasps are a position above Warriors. Will the signing of Johnston spur the Warriors to better things?

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