Yorkshire Carnegie Coach Tommy McGee looks ahead to his side’s game against Greene King IPA Championship leaders, Worcester Warriors, at Headingley Carnegie on Saturday 27th December, KO 2.30pm.

How much does the signing of Jonah Holmes show the ambition of the club?
Signing players like Jonah Holmes shows the ambition of the club in terms of the quality of the player that we are trying to get , retain, develop through our Academy system and attract and it is a big indication of us moving forward and also the style of rugby we want to play.  Last year we got a lot of fans and good coverage on TV and a lot of people saw the style of rugby we were playing and were encouraged and supportive of that.  Those kinds of things matter when you look at teams and their style of rugby and you think I would like to be part of that.

How highly do you rate Worcester?
I think they look like a Premiership team and they are very physical and are pretty pragmatic however against London Scottish they played more rugby than I’d seen them play in their own half so we are prepping for that.  They have quality across the board and have some big powerful men and we have got to deal with that and the challenge is set down with that.  They don’t hide in the way they play and they are very direct and very good in their game management and their catch and drive and their scrum and if we can compete there we are hoping that we will make it difficult for Worcester with the style and speed of rugby that we will try to play. 

How are you approaching Saturday’s game?
The guys will have to step up a level, they are playing a top side but we want to be a top side so the challenge is set.  We are not here to make the numbers, we are not over awed or disillusioned about these things we are excited about playing teams like Worcester and we have got to go out and play the game of rugby that we want to play and when we need to we have got to front up, make our tackles, we’ve got to kick chase and get certain parts of our emotional side of the game right, but fundamentally we are going to have a real crack against Worcester and if we are any near our best we give ourselves a chance and if we have got a chance we can win.

How are the team shaping up?
We have a few knocks as I would expect there to be but I’m saying to the players early in the week if there are guys playing on a Saturday that are in tip top condition on a Monday there’s a bit of a concern, rugby is a brutal sport so we are coming in early in the week pretty sore and bashed up, but that’s ok, I would rather that.  We will have some guys back pretty soon, Mike Myerscough and Chris Jones are probably another week or two away along with James Tideswell and Ben Hooper.  There are guys coming back in the New Year which makes competition fierce.