Worcester Warriors: Steve Diamond on news of a potential investor but keen to avoid ‘false dawn’ at struggling Premiership side

Adam Kyriacou
Worcester Warriors fans in stands

Worcester Warriors director of rugby Steve Diamond has given an update on the club’s financial situation following their loss to London Irish.

Hinting that a deal could be close for a new investor, Diamond was speaking after the Warriors suffered a heavy 45-14 defeat in Brentford to a slick Exiles side.

Diamond revealed that Worcester Warriors‘ co-owners Colin Goldring and Jason Whittingham are currently in advanced negotiations with a prospective buyer.

A potential investor

“In the next 72 hours there may some news of a potential investor,” boss Diamond said as their on-field Premiership campaign began with a disappointing loss.

“This news is a boost but we don’t want a false dawn. I have been around rugby for a long time and there aren’t too many people who want to put their hand in their pockets and buy rugby businesses.

“If the owners have found somebody then great and no doubt they will speak to me.”

While they suffered a comprehensive negative to London Irish, Diamond did find some positives as he believes getting the team out on to the field was a plus.

“We have played our first game and in the trajectory of new Worcester, if we didn’t fulfil our fixture we were out of it,” he said.

“We managed to play the fixture and we need to improve. I don’t think the other 12 clubs give a s*** whether we are here or not, so it’s important I get the team to perform.

“This was a bit more than just a rugby match. The bad news of what happened on Thursday with the Queen, the country is in shock, so you have got to put things in perspective.

“We are a rugby club that has run out of money and the owners need to find some or sell it and we will continue to be a rugby club.

“My job under that guise is to get them competitive and at the moment that is difficult with the boat we are in.”

Henry Arundell shines

For London Irish it was a promising start to 2022/23, with replacement Henry Arundell once again stealing the show with a try one minute after coming on.

“Everything he touches seems to turn to gold a little bit, but it’s not by accident,” London Irish head coach Les Kiss said about the England international.

“We saw that unbelievable situation in the Test match in Australia. He creates moments. He’s got something about him for sure, but there’s a real true humility to him as well.”

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