Worcester Warriors: Premiership Rugby Cup fixture against Gloucester to go ahead despite the club’s financial concerns

Dylan Coetzee

Worcester Warriors’ Premiership Rugby Cup clash against Gloucester on Wednesday will go ahead as planned.

The club has been in financial turmoil with debts exceeding £25 million and had its funds frozen by HM Revenue and Customs for unpaid tax.

Registering loan players

Worcester is believed to be attempting to register several loan players to help them complete the fixture at Kingsholm Stadium.

Their team was meant to be announced at noon on Tuesday, but this has been delayed, but tournament organisers did confirm the fixture will go ahead.

“Premiership Rugby can confirm that tomorrow night’s Premiership Rugby Cup match between Gloucester and Worcester will go ahead as scheduled, but that the Worcester team announcement for the match has been delayed,” the tournament organisers said.

The club’s future is still in doubt despite meeting the Premiership’s Friday deadline for safety certification ahead of the fixture that Steve Diamond’s team lost to Exeter Chiefs on Sunday.

Looking for a solution

The Rugby Football Union is working with Worcester’s owners in search of funding and takeover proposals as the club has failed to pay full salaries to some players and staff for August.

Worcester staff expressed their frustrations over “continual broken promises” from the owners and called for the club to change ownership to offer security for their futures.

The club’s owners, Colin Goldring and Jason Whittingham, have claimed to have agreed on terms for the sale of the club, but rugby authorities are not convinced.

Worcester’s next Premiership clash is scheduled against Newcastle Falcons on Saturday at Sixways Stadium. However, it remains to be seen whether the club will be able to fulfil the fixture amid the uncertainty.

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