Former North Midlands Under-16s player Will Butler has had a year to remember.
In June, the 18-year-old completed his A levels at Hereford Cathedral School, where he picked up an A* in Economics and an A in both PE and Biology.
Upon finishing his studies, Butler went straight into the Warriors Academy for an intense summer of training ahead of the new season.
After several promising displays for Worcester Cavaliers, Butler was handed his Warriors senior debut at the weekend – albeit a long way from home – in Moscow.
His first test as a Warriors player was against a powerful Enisei-STM side who showed last season that they are not to be taken lightly after beating Newcastle Falcons and Brive in Europe.
“I was delighted and obviously very excited. Moscow is one of the biggest cities in the world and to get to represent Warriors is a dream come true,” Butler said.
Butler played 46 minutes of the clash, where he fronted up against the like of experienced Georgia international Davit Kacharava, who has 95 caps for his country.
And although the result wasn’t the one he had hoped for, Butler insists the young side will have learnt from their Russian experience.
“I thought I did quite well against their physical lads. We were challenged hard and as a backline we showed up,” Butler said.
“In attack we didn’t execute as well as we’d have liked but with the first try we manipulated their defence quite nicely and we could’ve done with some more of that.
“I haven’t played in that environment before. The weather is always a challenge and it played into their hands a bit more than ours but we didn’t adapt quick enough so it’s another thing we can learn from and gain experience.”