22nd Jul, 2019

Solomons is thrilled to extend stay

Rob George 22nd Jun, 2019

WARRIORS chief Alan Solomons has pledged his immediate future to the Sixways side with a two-year contract extension.

The director of rugby’s deal was due to expire at the end of the upcoming season but the South African has now committed himself to the club until the end of the 2021/22 campaign.

Solomons joined Warriors in October 2017, initially as assistant to then boss Gary Gold, before being appointed director of rugby when Gold left two months later.

Warriors finished tenth in the Premiership last season, winning a best ever nine of their 22 games, while the club also enjoyed a run to the European Challenge Cup quarter finals.

The 68-year-old also oversaw a run to the Premiership Rugby Cup semi-finals this season.

“I am honoured to be afforded the privilege of being part of Warriors’ continuing journey and look forward to working with owners Colin Goldring and Jason Whittingham and all concerned to realise our vision for the club,” Solomons said.

The former lawyer was head coach of Western Province and the Stormers Super Rugby team and took the Stormers to their first ever home semi-final in 1999. He was also part of South Africa’s coaching team which guided the Springboks to a record-equalling 17 consecutive Test wins and finished third in the 1999 Rugby World Cup.

During Solomons’ time in charge of Ulster Rugby, they won the Celtic Cup in 2003 and in the same year were runners up in the Celtic League. He was voted Northern Ireland Coach/Manager of the Year in 2003.

He coached the Eastern Province Kings to three successive Division One finals – lifting the trophy in 2010 and 2012 before taking the Southern Kings into Super Rugby in 2013.

Solomons then coached Edinburgh – taking them to a first ever European Challenge Cup final and winning successive 1872 Cups against Glasgow.

“Jason Whittingham and I both think Alan has done a great job of managing the team and rugby department since starting at Warriors,” said Warriors co-owner Goldring.

“We both support his vision and plan to achieve a sustainable top flight team with the Three Pears Warriors Academy at its core, supported by top-class talented and experienced players.

“We are delighted Alan has signed his contract extension which ensures continuity and stability,” he added.

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