STEVE Diamond has added some serious Southern Hemisphere power to his Worcester Warriors team for the 2021/22 season after pulling off the signing of Western Force back-row forward Fergus Lee-Warner on a three-year deal.

The 28-year-old will join after the 2022 Super Rugby season concludes, a campaign in which he has already made a very strong start to.

The Wallaby wannabe, who can also play lock, fares well on the stats tables for carries across the Super Rugby competition; he is ninth for carries made and fifth for offloads, whilst also being in the top five for tackles made with a 94% completion rate.

His impressive showing this campaign had many suggesting he was going to get an Australian call-up for their most recent training squad but was left out by head coach Dave Rennie.

Interestingly, Australia's decision not to select Lee-Warner could come back to bite them as he qualifies to play for England through his Grandmother.

But for now, it looks to be a really smart bit of business for Worcester who will welcome the 110 kilogram, 6ft 4ins unit to help add some necessary beef and grunt to what is a young and exciting pack under Steve Diamond.

And it looks like it was a former Warrior that helped the move come about according to Lee-Warner.

"I am really excited about joining Warriors," he said.

"I have been playing Super Rugby her in Perth since 2020 when Force came back in.

"I have really enjoyed my time here with Force but I have always wanted to play in the Gallagher Premiership. I feel like it’s a really good competition and another step in my career that I want to take.

"It’s the chance for me to experience something different.

"Jono Lance is a mate and I spoke to him about coming to Worcester."

Warriors Director of Rugby Alan Solomons believes that Lee-Warner has the skills and physical attributes to flourish in the Premiership.

"Fergus is an experienced, physical, abrasive lock/six," added Solomons.

"His attributes are ideally suited to the Premiership and there is no doubt that he will make his mark here at Sixways.

"Jono Lance and others who have coached him speak very highly of him as both a player and a person.

"He will clearly add great value to the Warriors and we all look forward to welcoming him here at Sixways."