SOUTHERN Knights Head Coach Bruce Ruthven has left his position at the club by mutual consent.

He leaves the Knights after 10 months in charge, having steered the team to a fifth-place finish in the FOSROC Super6 Championship this season.

A statement issued on the clubs website said: “The club would like to thank Bruce for all his hard work and dedication during the course of the programme and wish him well for the future.”

Director of Rugby, Rob Moffat said: “The club thanks Bruce for his commitment and efforts with the Knights this season.

“There were very difficult circumstances and situations over the season which Bruce met and faced with real determination.

“We wish Bruce every success in the future”. 

Ruthven said: "Ultimately there are a lot of constraints within the role which makes it difficult to do the necessary work and a lot of unknowns about how the S6 is shaping next season.

"I have some good opportunities in the near future so going to explore them. 

"I have enjoyed my time with the Knights. Everyone involves has worked hard to establish a good platform for the players to showcase their talent and in particular the young players who formed a large part of the squad have performed well and I'm sure will be in contention for international honours with Full Time pro contracts on the horizon."

The recruitment process is now underway with an announcement made in due course.