Worcester part ways with Brain

Worcester have announced the shock departure of rugby director John Brain, barely 48 hours after the Warriors secured Guinness Premiership survival with a well-taken win over Saracens.

Club chairman Cecil Duckworth confirmed Brain’s exit, which takes place with immediate effect.

“The results this season have not matched the levels we all hoped for,” said Duckworth.

“Having debated this with co-director Roger Murray and in consultation with John, the decision has been made to take us forward under new leadership.”

Brain moved to Sixways as head coach in July 2001, and was appointed rugby director a year later.

He masterminded Worcester’s promotion as National League One champions to the Premiership, and Saturday’s victory over Saracens ensured a fourth successive season in the top flight.

“I would like to thank John for his enormous contribution to Worcester,” continued Duckworth.

“Since joining as head coach in July 2001 he has helped lead a fantastic transformation of the club.

“John became director of rugby in 2002 and masterminded promotion to the top flight with a perfect – and still unmatched – 26 out of 26 National One record.

“Throughout his time at Sixways he has helped build an infrastructure that will enable the club to continue to grow into the force in European rugby that we believe we can become.

“John has a massive reputation as a forwards coach and is considered to be one of the best in the Premiership.

“The players have all clearly benefited from working with him and he has helped drive the club forward during his tenure.

“I would particularly want to praise him for his tremendous efforts in guiding the club away from relegation danger this campaign which culminated with our outstanding victory over Saracens on Saturday.”

Brain’s successor will be announced in the next 24 hours.


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