Worcester Warriors: The Premiership club were suspended for the season and relegated


Players have started to join new clubs after being released from their contracts at Worcester

Financially-hit Worcester Warriors have been suspended for the Premiership season and will be relegated from the top flight.

The decision was made by the Rugby Football Union’s (RFU) club’s financial viability team to give it time to find an investor and “the best chance for a sustainable long-term future”.

Worcester players and staff they ended the contracts on Wednesday, when part of the club was dismantled.

The club can appeal its relegation.

To succeed, the Warriors would have to show that they were not at fault for the insolvency event.

As well as the Premiership campaign being over, the suspension knocks them out of the Premiership Rugby Cup.

“As the club has no staff and players under contract, and many are looking for alternative employment, it has been decided to look at whether the club can be viable in the long term,” the RFU said in a statement.

“The decision also provides certainty for PRL and Premiership rugby clubs to protect the integrity of the Premiership and for clubs and their teams to plan for the remainder of the season.”

Furthermore, the club’s administrators, Begbies Traynor, are “in discussions with a number of potential investors and are also expected to plan for long-term sustainability”.

The RFU also said it is working with an unnamed potential investor to ensure the University of Worcester Warriors women’s team can continue to compete in the Premier 15 by the end of the season, but their Allianz Cup tie against DMP Sharks on October 15 will not go ahead. .

The terms of the intervention have been confirmed

While WRFC Players Ltd – through which the players and staff were paid – has been wound up, the winding-up application against WRFC Trading Limited, which remains in administration, has been stayed.

It has been confirmed that a condition of any takeover deal will require payment of all rugby creditors, including wages owed to staff, players and coaches.

Some workers are still owed 35% of their August wages, while others were not paid at all, and none were paid for September.

Four players, including England center Ollie Lawrence and winger Ted Hill, already had them He joined Premiership rivals Bath on loan before the end of their terms with the Warriors on Wednesday.

Scotland and Great Britain and Ireland Lions winger Duhan van der Merwe was the first Worcester player to sign for the new club. Joining Edinburgh After the High Court ruling, Joe Batley He returned to Bristol on Thursday

HM Revenue and Customs went after Worcester for around £6m of unpaid tax.

The club also owes a reported £15m, understood to be the largest share, as part of a combined £124m sports survival payment from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

“Time needed to find the right solution”

Begbies Traynor’s Julie Palmer said that while they are disappointed with their actions as administrators, they are “absolutely grateful” for the attitude of the RFU and Premiership Rugby.

“I am reassured that they are continuing to work positively with us to try and secure a rescue that will enable rugby to materialize next season, in a properly structured approach to enable the long-term viability and success of Worcester Warriors,” he said. .

Premiership Rugby chief executive Simon Massie-Taylor said that, buoyed by the work already done in Worcester, the time needed to find the “best long-term solution” put the competition at risk.

“What is clear is that it will take much more time to find the right solution for the club,” he said.

“Whilst we appreciate this decision will be disappointing to many people around the Warriors, we value the certainty this decision gives other Premiership clubs. We will now continue to work with the administrator, the RFU and other key stakeholders to find the best possible outcome.”