DIRECTOR of rugby Dean Ryan insists wing wizard Cooper Vuna will be at Worcester Warriors for the “foreseeable future”.

The Australia international winger scored his first hat-trick for Warriors in last weekend’s 69-8 mauling of Cornish Pirates in the Greene King IPA Championship.

Head coach Carl Hogg last week suggested that Vuna was only at Warriors until the end of the season.

But Ryan said: “We are keeping him. Cooper Vuna is here for the foreseeable future over the next year and the year after — and that isn’t a debate.”

Ryan also confirmed New Zealand Sevens back Bryce Heem is arriving from Chiefs at the end of the season — regardless of what division Warriors are in.

“Bryce Heem is well aware of the situation and we wouldn’t have signed him if it was anything else,” said Ryan, “We have got no celebrity signings with conditions. Bryce has been as engaging as anybody about committing and playing his part wherever it ends up.”

Warriors are preparing for Saturday’s title decider with rivals Bristol at Sixways (3pm) which will determine who both clubs face in the semi-final stage of the play-offs.

If Worcester beat Bristol, Warriors will finish top of the Championship and are likely to meet fourth-placed Rotherham Titans in the first leg of their play-off, probably on Saturday, May 2 at 3pm.

Rotherham share their pitch with the local cricket club, so the tie would be switched to Abbeydale Sports Ground in Sheffield.

If Warriors finish second in the table, they are in line to travel to third-placed London Scottish for the first leg, probably on May 2, with a 1.45pm kick-off.

Warriors have already selected their home semi-final second leg for Friday, May 8 (7.45pm).

Ryan said: “We want to finish top of the pile and then we will talk about the play-offs.

“This is a league game we want to win and the opponent is a level above the majority of others so we have got to play at a different level.

“We are aware win or lose at the weekend it doesn’t put us in the Premiership.

“There won’t be mass celebrations or mass recriminations either way. “ The Warriors chief said a knee injury suffered by hooker Dan George against Yorkshire Carnegie earlier this month wasn’t as bad as first feared. Warriors are hoping George will return for the play-offs.

Ryan admits he will be making changes for the visit of Bristol.

“We have got about 19 players who will probably play if everyone stays fit over the next few weeks.

“We are trying different things in games and that’s not going to stop.

“The only time you will know what my final team is if we are successful and get to the play-off finals."