TY Morris will replace Craig Warlow as Newport RFC head coach at the end of the season.

Former Cross Keys and Ebbw Vale flanker Morris is currently the Black and Ambers’ forwards coach.

The club announced last week that Warlow had decided to stand down from his role after four years in the top job.

Morris, who cut his coaching teeth with Risca, joined Newport shortly after Warlow’s appointment as head coach in 2015.

Following his appointment, Morris said: “It means a great deal to me to become head coach at Newport RFC.

“The club has a huge history and I am determined to ensure that it remains one of the top clubs in the Welsh Premiership.

“I am very excited for the new challenges ahead. With fewer teams in our league next season it is going to be a competitive campaign.

“Having worked with Craig over the past three seasons, the club have shown an increased development both on and off the field, regularly finishing in mid-table and reaching the cup final last year.

“I genuinely believe that there is more to come from this group of players.

“Finishing mid-table is not going to be good enough for this ambitious group.

“I am looking forward to sitting down with the senior group of players, coaches and management to prepare for next season ensuring that we are consistently competitive against the very best of the Premiership.

“The priority for me is to develop and bring promising young players through Newport RFC and to implement a playing philosophy that will help us reach the top of our game.”

He added: “I would like to thank Craig for aiding my own development over the time we have worked together.

“His ability to guide and allow me to experiment has developed me as a coach throughout.”

Newport play their last game of the season at Rodney Parade against Llandovery on May 4.