Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the Worcester Warriors have confirmed that they have reached an agreement with their fellow Premiership rivals Gloucester Rugby for the release of their coach Carl Hogg, who will take over the duties as head coach at The Warriors.
A former Scotland international, Hogg had spent the last seven years as the forwards coach of The Cherry and Whites, but according to an interview, he stated that the chance to take up the responsibility as head coach of a Premiership club was too good to turn down.
Hogg will now be reunited with Dean Ryan, another former Gloucester Rugby coach Dean Ryan, who was recently announced as the Director of Rugby at the Worcester Warriors following the departure of Richard Hill from the club. Ryan, who was serving as the interim forwards coach for the Scotland national team, left his position with the team in the middle of April to take charge of The Warriors.
It has also been reported that Hogg was approached by the Scotland Rugby Union to take charge of the Edinburgh club but according to several media outlets, he wanted to remain in England and in charge of a Premiership club. A statement from the Worcester Warriors on their official website hailed the relationship that Hogg enjoyed with the players and coaching staff and the foundation he helped build at Kingsholm and having such a man take charge of the head coaching responsibilities is undoubtedly good for the long term future of the club.
It is being believed that The Warriors have paid a handsome compensation to Gloucester Rugby to get their man with Hogg still having a year to run on his contract at Kingsholm, so much was their desire to get the man and get him in charge of the club.