“So Matt Kvesic is on his way back to Worcester, his rugby alma mater. The flanker’s ramblings took him down the road to Gloucester, then further south to Exeter, and he will return to Sixways a wiser player for his travels and travails.
Yet it is not clear that the Midlanders will ever extract full value from their own academy graduate.
Kvesic is no great age, but few England qualified back-rowers in recent memory have worked harder or more selflessly or shown such an inexhaustible appetite for the fray.
As a result, he is probably feeling every day of his 28 years.
What is it about the Warriors that prevents them hanging on to their best talent?
Think Dylan Hartley, Tom Wood, Matt Mullen, Mikes Benjamin, Graham Kitchener (now back, but in his dotage).
Then ponder how rapidly the club might have progressed had players of such rich potential reached fulfilment together.
Continuity is not what happens at Sixways, sadly. Which explains why Worcester always finish in the bottom half of the Premiership table. Which is why ambitious players leave. Which is what we call a vicious circle.”
What a nasty little piece. Pointless and rather vindictive. I’ve written to TRP expressing my hope that we can look forward over the coming weeks to similar snipes at London Irish and Newcastle Falcons, as other regular no-hopers, or maybe they’ll give more space to reminding us how harshly the Saintly Sarries have been dealt with over their long term cheating to ensure their place at the top of the table away from the more honest riff-raff below.