Worcester Warriors Head Coach Carl Hogg has vented his frustration with the Premiership’s return to play protocols after learning that his halves duo of Jonny Arr and Tom Heathcote could be sidelined for longer than he initially expected.
Scrum-half Arr has not featured for the Warriors since suffering a concussion in Worcester’s 26-12 Aviva Premiership defeat against Wasps earlier this month, while fly-half Heathcote has been sidelined since the Warriors Anglo-Welsh Cup defeat against Dai Young’s side in mid-November.
The Warriors are currently languishing in 11th place with just one win from 11 games this season, and while Hogg respects the current return to play protocols, he also revealed his frustration with losing two of his key players for an extended part of the season.
“They are going through head assessments which is part and parcel of our game going forward,” said Hogg (via Worcester News).
“Both Jonny and Tommy have been out for a number of weeks and I think that’s going to be more common in the landscape of rugby.
“It is frustrating because when somebody has a head knock you expect them to be out for a week or two.
“But it is going to be more common where it is going to take four, five or six weeks because the welfare of the players is paramount.”
“I am hoping it’s a couple of weeks now for both Jonny and Tommy.
“Nine and 10 are pivotal positions and we have missed them both but we have got to concentrate on those playing now.”
Worcester will welcome Harlequins to Sixways on New Year’s Day as the Warriors look to snap a six game losing streak dating back to the start of October.
Jack O’Toole, Pundit Arena