COACH Omar Mouneimne has signed a new two-year deal with Worcester Warriors.

The South African, who arrived at Sixways in April 2017, has played a crucial role in Warriors’ improved defensive displays.

Since the defence and kicking strategy coach arrived at Sixways, the average number of tries and points Warriors have conceded per match has reduced significantly.

Mouneimne has amassed a wealth of experience across the world and in international rugby since starting coaching with South Africa’s sevens team in 2006.

He moved to Super Rugby side Stormers in 2008 and played a key role as they reached the 2010 Super 14 final.

Mouneimne was also part of the Western Province coaching set-up when they reached the Currie Cup semi-finals in 2009 and the final in 2010.

Later that year, Mouneimne was defence coach for Italy and helped them beat defending champions France in 2011 for the first time in the Six Nations.

A spell at Southern Kings followed before Mouneimne moved to Edinburgh where he was instrumental as they reached the European Challenge Cup final in 2015.

Mouneimne has also worked as a coach at Pumas and Sharks in South Africa and Top 14 sides Lyon and Stade Francais.

He said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed working with this talented group of players at Warriors and I am delighted to be able to commit my future to the club.

“The Premiership is a hugely competitive league and I am immensely excited to have the opportunity to help the team continue to improve on the pitch and move up the table in the coming years.”

Warriors director of rugby Alan Solomons said: “Omar is a world-class defence coach who has done a fantastic job for the club and I am delighted he has extended his stay at Sixways to be part of this club’s future.”