Worcester received their second blow in 48 hours yesterday when mercurial full-back Nicolas Le Roux announced his intention to leave Sixways.

The Frenchman follows compatriot Thomas Lombard out of the door and, like Lombard, has gone back to play in his homeland.

Le Roux has become a fan favourite in his one year in the Midlands and originally signed a two-year deal when he arrived last summer. But, due to a get-out clause in his contract, he has opted to go home, with former club Brive and Lyon Olympique leading the chase for his services.

Lombard ended his two-year stay by joining Castres and Worcester's director of rugby, John Brain, suspected Le Roux would also go, saying: "We fully respect Nicolas's decision to leave and wish him well.

"However, his departure had been anticipated, hence the signing of Lee Best from Bath and the resigning of Thinus Delport."

Meanwhile, only 24 hours after the first team secured the National Two title, Moseley's youngsters kept up their end of the bargain by producing three pieces of silverware in one day.

The Under-17s won the North Midlands Junior Cup by emphatically beating Bromsgrove 55-5 while the Under-16s did likewise with a 27-18 win over Dudley Kingswinford.

The Under-15s had earlier beaten Sutton Cold-field to win the Plate competition.

As a result of winning their league, Ian Smith's men will get their hands on two trophies at the end of this week.

First, the National Clubs' Association (NCA) will acknowledge their achievement when their Midlands representative, Norman Robertson, presents his organisation's accolade to the club tomorrow evening.

Then, when the champions travel to take on Manchester on Saturday in the last game of the season, the Rugby Football Union will give a cup and players' medals for the first time in the league's history.