Latham looking forward to time with Worcester


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Wallabies & Reds frequent match-winner Chris Latham is vowing to produce some of the best rugby of his career when he arrives to play for Worcester Warriors next season.

Latham, 32, has been one of the world’s top fullback’s and he has earned 73 Wallaby Test caps.

He is currently injured and is undergoing rehabilitation from the grade two medial ligament injury he sustained in South Africa with the Reds and hopes to return to action for the Reds final two Super 14 matches of the season in May.

A renowned quick healer, few would bet against the 2006 Australian player-of-the-year fulfilling his ambition, as he counts down the days to his arrival at Sixways in October.

“I went to see the surgeon about my knee and he told me that it’s in great shape,” Latham told Worcester News.

“The knee reconstruction I had last year and the other injuries I’ve had were really just unlucky injuries.

“The important thing is that they are not degenerative conditions so I’m very happy and my body feels as good as it ever has.

“I expect to be back playing in about four weeks and, after playing in the Tri-Nations and Bledisloe Cup for Australia this year, I will be a Worcester player.

“I absolutely believe that I can play some of the best rugby of my career for the Warriors and joining the club will be a dream come true.”

Latham revealed that he has been been keeping up to date with the fortunes of his future club by reading websites.

“Worcester have lost quite a few close games so there is a lot for the fans to be excited about next year,” he said.

“In my experience of both international and Super rugby the best way for any team to improve is through experience and self-belief.

“The Warriors need a bit more experience of how to win close matches and they also need to have more self-belief, not only in themselves but also in their team-mates.

“All of that takes time but hopefully I can make a difference next year.”   

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