Worcester Warriors have agreed to loan out front row Shaun Ruwers to National Division One side London Welsh.
Prop Ruwers signed for Warriors from Waterloo in the summer of 2007 and made his first Guinness Premiership appearance for the club against Newcastle Falcons during the 07/08 season.
The South African-born tighthead, who has enjoyed previous spells with Natal Sharks and Atlantic Pumas, finished his first season with 10 appearances from the bench and was rewarded with a new two-year deal that will keep him at the club until 2010.
This campaign Ruwers has come off the bench on three occasions and Director of Rugby Mike Ruddock now believes a loan spell with London Welsh will further aid his development at Sixways Stadium.
"We believe a loan period can be very rewarding to a player and given the lack of A team rugby in the coming month we feel Shaun would benefit from some game time and rugby at Old Deer Park," he said.
Warriors will have the option to recall Ruwers at any time during the loan period.
Worcester wing Ben Howard has been named in the England Under 20s team to take on New Zealand in the semi-final of the IRB Junior World Championship in Vannes, France, on Tuesday June 18, kick off 1945 (GMT).
The Warriors Community team have been busy working with people across Worcestershire over the last year and have been given the perfect reward for their efforts after being nominated for a top prize at the All Parliamentary Premiership Rugby Community Awards 2013.
The Worcester Warriors Community department joined forces with Stourport Rugby Club on Tuesday to welcome nearly 90 children from local primary schools to a tag rugby tournament supported by the Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme.
Ben Howard scored two tries as England Under 20s stormed to a record-breaking 109-0 victory over USA to book their place in the IRB Junior World Championship semi-finals alongside South Africa, New Zealand and Wales.
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Worcester Warriors is delighted to announce its successful long-term partnership with CitySigns is to continue after the family signage and leading display firm was confirmed as the club's Official Signage Partner.
England Under 20s - who included Worcester wing Ben Howard - fell agonisingly short against world champions South Africa in the IRB Junior World Championship, losing 31-24 in La Roche-sur-Yon on Sunday.