European Challenge Cup quarter-finalists Worcester Warriors have signed Gloucester ace Willie Walker on loan until the end of the current season.
Walker can play at fly-half or full-back and will start for Worcester this Saturday against Bath Rugby in the Guinness Premiership but will be unavailable to the Warriors in their European campaign having already played for Gloucester in the 2008/09 Heineken Cup.
The 30-year-old, who has played for the New Zealand Maoris, joined Gloucester in 2006 and has 12 Heineken Cup caps to his name.
The utility back Walker, who has played 17 times for Gloucester this season and scored two tries, has previously enjoyed spells with North Harbour in the NPC and the Highlanders in the Super 14.
Worcester's Director of Rugby Mike Ruddock said "It's great news that Willie has decided to join the club on loan. He is a proven premiership and international player with a lot of experience under his belt."
"He can play in more than one position and he's very confident in other positions such as a 10, 12 or 15. He brings a winning attitude with him, he has played some really good rugby for a number of years now and that's great news for us."
"We have had quite a few number of well documented injury's in the back line and we still have half a season to go so with somebody of Willie's quality will be a great boost to us."
"I did talk to Willie last summer about potentially coming to us last season before he resigned for Gloucester. So he is someone who I have followed and definitely admired."
.Worcester will continue their European adventure on Saturday, 11 April when they welcome the 1997 Heineken Cup winners Brive to Sixways for their European Challenge Cup quarter-final.
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