Worcester Warriors: Club has been suspended from all competitions after failing to meet RFU deadline

Dylan Coetzee
Worcester Warriors logo at Sixways Stadium.

Worcester Warriors have been suspended from all competitions with immediate effect after failing to meet the Rugby Football Union’s deadline at 5pm on Monday.

The club were required to produce evidence of insurance cover, proof of funds to complete monthly payroll and a credible plan for Worcester’s future.

Failure to meet deadline

The club have failed to meet the deadline, and RFU chief Bill Sweeney released a statement outlining the situation,

“We appreciate this is incredibly difficult news for fans, staff and players. We would like to thank the staff and players who have worked tirelessly over recent weeks to enable matches to continue,” the statement wrote.

“We met with players and staff last week to explain why this action would be necessary and regrettably without assurances in place we have had to take this action to protect everyone’s best interests.

“We hope a buyer can be secured to allow Worcester Warriors and The University of Worcester Warriors to return to professional league rugby. While it is the responsibility of each business owner to manage their individual finances, we will look at learnings from this situation to see what regulation can be put in place to provide all parties with more financial transparency. Rugby is a relatively young professional sport and it has been widely recognised that clubs have been facing financial challenges even before Covid.

“Successful professional leagues are vital for the wellbeing of the whole game. They inspire current and future players, delight fans by showcasing high skill levels and the exciting nature of our game. This is why it is so important that we continue to work with Premiership Rugby to improve the structure, governance and business model of rugby union in England.

“The RFU will continue to support community rugby in Worcester and is fully committed to ensuring local academy opportunities are provided for pathway players.”

The RFU will liaise with the other clubs about how to proceed in the Premiership, the men’s Academy and Premier 15s competitions.

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