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Dean Ryan relishing challenge as Worcester Warriors director of rugby

Last Updated: 07/05/13 5:49pm

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Excited: New Worcester director of rugby Dean Ryan

Excited: New Worcester director of rugby Dean Ryan

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Dean Ryan says he is relishing the challenge that awaits him as Worcester's new director of rugby.

The Sky Sports pundit and former England forward has already started work at Sixways in preparation for next season.

The Warriors finished second from bottom in this season's Aviva Premiership and Ryan knows there is a lot of work to be done.

He said: "I am excited to be with Worcester Warriors, and I am looking forward to what is a huge challenge.

"Right from the outset to come back into rugby was about finding something that did excite me. In my own head I got to a place where I thought I was going to carry on with TV.

"I didn't really see a challenge that lit the fire back inside, and I think conversations with Cecil (Worcester chairman Cecil Duckworth) is something that started to do that.

Restructure

"The opportunity here to restructure how the club goes forward was almost a challenge that, if I didn't do it, would eat me away further down the line."

Worcester won just five games this season, the same number as bottom club London Welsh, and lifting them away from the Premiership's lower reaches will be Ryan's priority.

"I am not naive enough to throw things around and think I'm going to come in here with a magic wand," he said.

"We've got to restructure the club so that as it goes forward over the years it starts to get the benefits of certain things that have been put in place."

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