Jonathan Thomas leaves Worcester Warriors, Steve Diamond becomes director of rugby role in shake-up | Rugby Union News

Steve Diamond, who enjoyed a successful stint at Sale, will take over from Worcester Warriors at the end of the season; The team’s co-owners say they believe Diamond can help them “achieve the ambitions of competing at the top of the Premiership”

Last updated: 25/01/22 3:57 pm


Jonathan Thomas leaves Worcester Warriors with immediate effect

Worcester has announced that head coach Jonathan Thomas has left the Gallagher Premiership club with immediate effect.

The Warriors also said Steve Diamond, former Sale Sharks boss, will succeed Alan Solomons as rugby director on a two-year contract at the end of this season.

Diamond was appointed as a rugby consultant to Sixways in November and will remain in that capacity for the remainder of this campaign, while also immediately taking charge of Worcester’s rugby programme.

Solomons, meanwhile, will stop coaching at the end of June.

Colin Goldring and Jason Whittingham, co-owners of Worcester, said: “Having taken the time to work with Steve in his role as chief rugby consultant, it was the logical decision to give him the role of rugby director for the next two seasons. to offer.

“Steve is an experienced and proven rugby director with the qualities needed to take the club to the next level and realize our ambitions to compete at the top of the Premiership.

“We have invested a lot to make sure we have all the right ingredients for the club to reach its full potential.”

Steve Diamond to become director of rugby at the end of the season

Steve Diamond to become director of rugby at the end of the season

On Thomas’ departure, they added: “Jonathan has given everything to the club. We appreciate everything he has done during his time at Warriors, both as a player and as a coach, and we wish him all the best in his future ventures. .”

Diamond enjoyed a successful spell at Sale, achieving five Heineken Champions Cup qualifications and winning the Premiership Rugby Cup.

“We have a very exciting challenge ahead of us, and it’s one that I enjoy,” he said.

“We have enthusiastic owners who have ambitions to place the club in the top six of the Gallagher Premiership and play in the Heineken Champions Cup.

“It is clear that as a club we are not where we would like to be at the moment. To realize our ambitions, our results have to improve and changes have to be made.”

“An important part of my role will be the recruitment of players and staff. Worcester is a hotbed of rugby with a fantastic core group of supporters. We want to grow that fan base and make the city, province and region a successful and sustainable Premier League club that everyone is proud of could be.”

Worcester are currently 12th in the Premiership and have won three of their first 12 matches. They receive Northampton on Saturday.

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