Premiership: Worcester Warriors’ match against Newcastle Falcons to go ahead at Sixways

David Skippers
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Worcester Warriors’ Premiership encounter against Newcastle Falcons will go ahead on Saturday at Sixways after the beleaguered club met all the conditions needed for them to host the fixture.

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) confirmed that the Warriors met the the noon deadline on Thursday to prove that they can host their second league match of the 2022/23 campaign despite their debts exceeding £25million.

It could be their last match, however, as the RFU warned the Warriors that they face suspension from all tournaments unless they are able to demonstrate a credible plan for lifting the club out of crisis by Monday, September 26.

Worcester’s owners, Colin Goldring and Jason Whittingham, have until 5pm on that day to show that they have made progress on insurance, payroll and finding a new buyer.

Worcester facing permanent removal

If the club is suspended for failing to meet the aforementioned criteria, they could then be permanently removed from all tournaments.

“Whilst we appreciate that this will be unwelcome news, it is clear that the current state of affairs cannot continue, and in particular without the RFU and Premiership Rugby receiving these assurances,” the RFU said in a letter sent to the owners on Wednesday.

Goldring and Whittingham have been accused of asset stripping the club and have yet to finalise selling it to new owners despite repeated claims that a deal is imminent.

They have also been served with a winding-up order by HMRC, who are pursuing £6million in unpaid tax.

Worcestershire MP Robin Walker has asked the Government to intervene and will debate the matter in the House of Commons on Thursday night.

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