Former Warriors captain Jonathan Thomas is to return to Sixways as forwards coach for the 2020/2021 season. The former Wales flanker will take over the forwards coaching from Rory Duncan, who departs from the club by mutual agreement at the end of the current season.
Thomas is currently forwards coach at Bristol Bears and a member of the coaching team under Director of Rugby Pat Lam that has guided them to the top of the Gallagher Premiership after four rounds of matches this season.
Thomas made 44 appearances for Warriors between 2013 and 2015 before retiring. He has since made a smooth transition into coaching, joining Bristol as defence and forwards coach in 2016 before moving into his current role last year.
“JT shares the passion and ambition we all have for Warriors to become a successful Premiership club,” said Warriors’ Director of Rugby Alan Solomons.
“He was a popular and respected captain of the club and is excited by the prospect of returning to Sixways and working with a talented squad, particularly the outstanding crop of youngsters that we have coming through.
“JT played at the highest level, winning 67 caps for Wales, and he also had a long and distinguished club career with Ospreys and Warriors.
“Since ending his playing career, JT has become an exceptional forwards coach and has had the advantage of working under the tutelage of Pat Lam for the last three years.
“I have known JT since 2017 when we worked together during the time I was employed as a consultant at Bristol Rugby. He is a fantastic bloke, an outstanding leader and an exceptionally gifted young coach.
“He is passionate, ambitious and enthusiastic and will be a great asset to the club. I am really looking forward to working with him again.”