Defence guru departs Worcester Warriors

Date published: July 3 2020

English Premiership side Worcester Warriors have announced that defence coach Omar Mouneimne is to depart Sixways with immediate effect.

Mouneimne joined the club in 2017 and has been a key part of the Midlanders’ backroom staff over the past three years.

Warriors director of rugby Alan Solomons said: “Omar’s departure from Sixways is of mutual benefit to both the club and him and is the right time for Omar to move on to other opportunities.

“The club is moving in another direction and the incoming coaching staff will facilitate this by, amongst other things, the good synergy they will provide.

“They all know each other well and JT [Jonathan Thomas] and Iro [Mark Irish] have worked together for a number of years. I have also worked with both JT and Iro and have struck up a good relationship with both them and Jockey [Matt Sherratt].

“Importantly, and over and above the strong synergy which will exist within the new coaching team, it has become clear from the discussions we have had over the last period that we are all aligned. This is critical for the club to progress.”

Mouneimne made his name with the Stormers in Super Rugby before moving to Europe and joining up with the Italian national team.

Spells with the Southern Kings, Edinburgh, Lyon and Sharks followed before the defence guru signed a deal at the Warriors.

Solomons added: “Omar, after having given valuable and much appreciated service to the club over a number of years, is at a point where he is looking for a fresh challenge.

“In the short term, JT will take over the role of defence coach – a role he performed superbly during my short stint at Bristol – and Iro will focus on the forwards with JT lending a hand. We will then review the situation after the conclusion of the 2019/2020 competition.

“On a personal note I would like to thank Omar, who I have worked with for many years, for all he has done for the club and wish him well in his future endeavours.”