Rugby Union
Forwards coach Davies to leave Warriors

By Geoff Berkeley 03/05 Updated: 04/05 15:04

Buy photos » Phil Davies will become Cardiff Blues' new director of rugby after Worcester Warriors' final Aviva Premiership clash away to Northampton Saints tomorrow (Saturday, 2pm). Picture by Ian Smith.

THE SEARCH is now on for a new forwards coach at Worcester Warriors after the club confirmed Phil Davies will make the move to Cardiff Blues at the end of the season.

The former Llanelli Scarlets and Leeds boss has been heavily linked to the vacant director of rugby post at the Pro12 League side since the position became available last month.

Davies will now join up with forwards coach Justin Burnell and backs coach Gareth Baber at Blues, who were put in charge this season after Dai Youngs left to take over at London Wasps.

Arriving at Sixways in July 2010, Davies played a key role in guiding Richard Hill's side to promotion back to the Aviva Premiership at the first time of asking.

The duo will team up for the final time at Northampton Saints on Saturday and the Warriors boss said he will be said to see him go.

“Phil has brought huge energy and massive enthusiasm to the role and we will all be sad to see him go," Hill said.

“He has a terrific rapport with the players and brought them all together to improve them and make them better. He has really developed individuals.

“Phil has been extremely loyal to me and I have enjoyed working with him. He retains huge ambition in the game and the role at Cardiff Blues is a massive opportunity for him so we wish him well.”

Charlie Little, managing director at Warriors, added: "We brought Phil in initially to be part of the team that took us back into the top-flight which he achieved in a difficult structure.

"The aim of this season was to consolidate in the Aviva Premiership and get ourselves in a strong position for recruitment. Again he successfully achieved all those ambitions.

"He has recruited very well in the forwards and he has had a very strong working relationship with Richard Hill and all the rugby staff.

"Phil is a proud Welshman and we realise this is a big opportunity for him. We have reached amicably terms of release with Cardiff Blues and we wish him well and thank him for everything he has done for the Warriors."

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