DIRECTOR of rugby Adam Balding considers Birmingham Moseley's affiliation with Warriors a “luxury”.

Balding was speaking after Beck Cutting became the latest Warrior to join up with the Birmingham side on a dual registration.

The agreement is used widely and allows players, mainly academy members, to play rugby in a lower league to gain valuable game time and experience of the senior game.

“The affiliation we have with them is ideal to helping the side” Balding said.

“They have all added real value.

“National One is a brutal league. You play 30-odd games back-to-back so it is good to have reinforcements.

“It is a really attractive league for players to play in and a great platform for the younger lads."

Over the past few years the clubs have formed a partnership whereby Worcester players can be released to play games for the Billesley Common outfit in English rugby's third tier.

Many of today’s best players have played in National One and Balding believes the league to be a perfect platform.

“It’s a relentless league and incredibly physical. A great platform for the younger players," he said.

“Sam Underhill, Ben Morgan, Callum Sheedy, Henry Purdy, Jonny May and Henry Trinder have all played in National One.

“It’s almost like doing an apprenticeship, where you learn new things and gain valuable experiences. Really is an all-round great environment to be in.”

While the luxury of having Warriors players is welcomed, Balding also insists there is no room for hierarchy at his club.

“We work hard to create a professional environment here” he said.

“Ultimately, it is about trying to build a self-sustaining squad for me.

“They all have to work their way into the squad here. Whether they are semi-pro or professional, have Premiership experience or not, you have to work hard to get into the team.

“But everyone here is a good pro and they all work as hard as they can.”

The squad will have a familiar feel for Cutting who joins fellow academy member Morgan Monks.

Nick David, Alex Hearle and Kai Owen all featured there last season, all of whom are now in contention at senior level.

Ex-Warriors winger Mason Tonks and flanker Zac Xiourouppa both left Sixways at the end of last season for the Birmingham-based side which is captained by Warriors fans' favourite Jonny Arr.