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We will not stand in Phil's way says Duckworth

First published in Sport Worcester News: Photograph of the Author by , @tomguestWN #WENsport

CECIL Duckworth has revealed Warriors would not stand in Phil Davies’ way if the Welshman decided he wanted to take the top job at Cardiff Blues.

Sixways forwards coach Davies, a 46-cap former Wales international, has emerged as the favourite for the newly-created director of rugby post at the Blues.

The Cardiff City Stadium-based outfit have approached Worcester to speak with Davies, who has a further two years left on his Warriors contract.

Sixways chairman Duckworth said: “It's early days and we haven't made any decisions. Phil has done a great job for us and has been with us two years and he has another two years to go.

"We are aware that Phil has had a request and we are just considering what we should do, so it's early days to make any decision whatsoever.

"We wouldn't want to stand in the way of people moving forward, but we have to look after ourselves as well because he has two years to go here. We have to think about that."

"He has been forwards coach under Richard Hill and he has been director of rugby at Leeds and, of course, he was involved with the academy in Wales.

"We, in fact, did buy him out of that contract. It's interesting that he is now thinking of moving back to Wales and to Cardiff.”

Duckworth added: "Phil is a very likeable man, very able, hard-working and he has a great vision of the way we should be playing. He works endlessly with the forwards, is a great analyser and a great guy.

"I can see that attraction, of course, and we are mindful of that but on the other hand Worcester is our first priority, not Cardiff Blues."

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