Joe Taufete'e: Worcester Warriors' USA hooker signs extended deal at Sixways
Worcester Warriors have completed the signing of hooker Joe Taufete'e on an extended, undisclosed-length deal.
The 24-year-old former American football player, who made the switch to rugby union in 2011, initially signed for Warriors in December on a deal until the end of the 2016-17 season.
The nine-times capped USA international has made five appearances for the club.
His first Premiership start was in the 41-24 home win over bottom club Bristol, which may keep Warriors up.
California-born Taufete'e, capped nine times by the USA, also came off the bench in the home defeat by Exeter, having scored his first try for Worcester in the Anglo-Welsh Cup win over Harlequins.
"Joe has grabbed his opportunity with both hands in the cup competitions and has been rewarded with a call-up to our Premiership squad," said Gold.
"His work rate has been tremendous and, in his handful of appearances so far, he has looked a real threat with ball in hand while impressing at the set-piece."
Worcester are 11th in the Premiership, seven points clear of Bristol, going into Sunday's trip to fellow Midlands side Wasps (14:30 BST).