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Former All Black Howarth leaves Worcester

Worcester Warriors can confirm that Backs Coach Shane Howarth has left the club by mutual consent.

Howarth, who joined the club in the summer of 2013, helped initiate an exciting style of attacking back play during his time at Sixways, something he mirrored during earlier roles as Head Coach of Auckland and Backs Coach of the Blues in Super Rugby.

Educated at St Peters College in Auckland, Howarth played in four All Blacks Tests and then featured for Wales during 19 internationals.

Howarth said: "I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Worcester and will look back upon it with fond memories."

Warriors Director of Rugby Dean Ryan said: "We would like to thank Shane for his contribution in developing our back play during these transitional years. He has played an integral part of what we are building here at Worcester and I will always be grateful for his support during his time at the club."