{
    "title": "Duncan heads to Warriors",
    "image": "https:\/\/images.supersport.com\/2018\/2\/Rory-Duncan-171104-LooksOn-G-300.jpg",
    "body": "<p>\r\nThe Toyota Cheetahs have parted ways with their current coach Rory Duncan, who has been released to accept an offer to coach the Worcester Warriors in the English Premiership. <\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nDuncan, who has coached the Cheetahs to third place thus far in their Guinness Pro14 tournament pool, and is in Cardiff with his team ahead of their match against the Cardiff Blues on Saturday night, will join the Warriors at the end of the current season.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nThis also means that the current director of Rugby, Franco Smith, will take over the coaching duties when Duncan leaves, thereby ending his involvement as assistant coach with the Springboks.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nThe news was announced by a media release late on Thursday night.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\"The Toyota Cheetahs can confirm that Head Coach Rory Duncan will be leaving the Toyota Cheetahs with the completion of the Guinness Pro14 championship in May 2018. Rory will be joining Worcester Warriors in the UK,\" the statement said.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\"Having won the Currie Cup as captain of the 2007 Free State Cheetahs team and serving as not only Director of Rugby but also as head coach of the Currie Cup and Guinness Pro14 side, Rory Duncan has been an vital part of the Toyota Cheetahs over last 4 years. He has made a lasting impact not only on the filed but also in the boardroom. During his tenure as Director of Rugby Rory played an integral part in opening the doors for the Toyota Cheetahs in the northern hemisphere and has gone on to coach the team to eight victories thus far in the 2017\/2018 Guinness Pro 14.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u201cWe have great appreciation for what Rory has done for Free State Rugby over the last four years and we wish him well,\u201d said Harold Verster, Manging Director of the Free State Cheetahs (Pty) Ltd.\"<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\"Free State Rugby thank Rory for his commitment and dedication during his time at the Toyota Cheetahs and is proud to send yet another product of the Toyota Cheetah into the rugby world and wish him well on his future endeavours. Just as Rassie Erasmus and Neil Powell, Rory is also another great example that Free State Rugby is truly a breeding ground of opportunity.\"<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nThe Province also used the opportunity to announce that Smith had turned down an offer to remain on the Springbok coaching staff, but decided to concentrate all his efforts on being fulltime at the Toyota Cheetahs.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\"Franco Smith has decided to return fulltime to the Toyota Cheetahs and not to accept an offer to remain on the Springbok coaching staff. He will be staying on as Director of Rugby and Head Coach of the Toyota Cheetahs for the next two seasons. Smith will be replacing Rory Duncan who will be leaving for Worcester Warriors after the 2017\/2018 Guinness PRO14 campaign,\" the statement said.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\"\u201cFree State Rugby had long interviews and discussions about the situation and the process was completed in good spirit,\u201d said Harold Verster, Managing Director of the Free State Cheetahs (Pty) Ltd. \u201cFree State Rugby is excited and thankful that Franco made the decision to stay. His rugby expertise and coaching ability is invaluable to the Toyota Cheetahs.\u201d<\/p>",
    "blurb": "The Toyota Cheetahs have parted ways with their current coach Rory Duncan, who has been released to accept an offer to coach the Worcester Warriors in the English Premiership.",
    "date": "2018-02-09T07:48:37",
    "author": "Brenden Nel",
    "credit": "supersport.com",
    "img_credit": "Rory Duncan \u00a9 Gallo Images",
    "category": "Pro14",
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}