Hogg set to leave Worcester Warriors, adding to Duncan speculation

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The English Premiership team, Worcester Warriors, and their head coach, Carl Hogg, confirmed that he will will be leaving the team at the conclusion of the current season in England. This could pave the way for the Toyota Cheetahs coach, Rory Duncan, to take over at Sixways. PHOTO: GETTY

The English Premiership team, Worcester Warriors, have confirmed that their head coach, Carl Hogg, will be departing the club at the end of the current season.

The Scottish tactician joined the Warriors from Gloucester back in 2013, where he replaced the former Springbok assistant, Gary Gold.

The former Stormers and Southern Kings coach, Alan Solomons, is the Director of Rugby at the team and it is believed that he will be bringing some more South African flavour to the side.

This adds further fuel to the speculation that the current Toyota Cheetahs coach, Rory Duncan, will be taking over at the club after the Guinness Pro14.

Duncan and Solomons have had a solid relationship since the Currie Cup winning when former Free State captain, Duncan, was the coach of Grey High School in Port Elizabeth.

At this stage the Cheetahs do not want to comment on the sensitive matter, but it’s believed that talks between all the parties concerned are at an advanced stage.

On the Warriors website, Hogg, said that he is looking forward to the next stage of his coaching career.

“I am looking forward to focusing on the next stage of my rugby journey. Worcester Warriors have experienced some turbulent times since I arrived five seasons ago but I feel proud to have navigated the club through this difficult and volatile period. Importantly, we have ensured Premiership rugby at Sixways since returning to the top-flight.

“With the appointment of Alan Solomons as Director of Rugby, now is the right time to take up my next challenge in coaching.

“I have experienced a huge amount over the last five season at Warriors and wish the Club every success in the future.”

Reports have suggested that the Cheetahs’ current Director of Rugby and Springbok assistant coach, Franco Smith, could very well be taking over as the team’s head coach for a second stint.

The Cheetahs will be flying out to the United Kingdom on Monday evening, where they will tackle the Cardiff Blues, Glasgow Warriors and Ospreys in the Pro14.

The Cheetahs are third in Conference A of the competition with 13 rounds having been completed. – MORGAN PIEK