WORCESTER Warriors half-back duo of Duncan Weir and Francois Hougaard have both been linked with moves away from Worcester over the weekend.

BBC Sport Scotland have reported that Scotland international Weir, 29, has held talks with Glasgow Warriors about a potential move back to his former club.

Weir began his career with Glasgow and ended up making 100 appearances for the Warriors before joining rivals Edinburgh in 2016.

He then moved down south to Worcester in 2018 and has been instrumental in keeping them in the Premiership.

No deal has been signed with Glasgow but talks are supposedly progressing well.

Weir still has the option of staying at Worcester and supposedly another Gallagher Premiership side are interested in his services.

As for Hougaard, he was linked with a move to Japan in The Rugby Paper yesterday.

The South African scrum-half has enjoyed four years with the Warriors but is expected to depart at the end of his contract in the summer, with a number of teams in Japan targetting a move for him.

The 32-year old has been capped by his country 46 times and was a bronze medalist with the South African 7s side at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The article also states that Warriors have looked at Edinburgh's Nic Groom as a possible replacement for Hougaard but could also look for a cheaper option and save funds for a 'world class' loosehead prop.

Hougaard and Weir have been the first choice half-back pairing for a number of years now and both have played a major role in keeping Warriors in the Premiership, so losing them would be a big blow.

Weir is imperious from the tee and is classy operator at fly-half and without him Worcester often look less composed and Hougaard is a world class scrum-half who is juts as effective at the breakdown as he is around the fringes.

Worcester fans will be hoping that replacements are being lined up as these are two of Warriors' most experienced players and with a squad that maybe lacks a bit of experience, their departure would be damaging.