Worcester Warriors

For the duration of the 2022–23 season, Worcester has been banned from the Gallagher Premiership and Premiership Rugby Cup. After the club was thrown into partial liquidation on Wednesday due to unpaid tax in the neighborhood of $6 million, the future of the team in the Premier League was in jeopardy. After then, the team will be demoted to the Championship for 2023–2024.

Following a meeting of the RFU’s Club Financial Viability Group on Thursday, the governing body announced that Worcester Warriors would be suspended from the Gallagher Premiership and Premiership Rugby Cup for the rest of the 2022–23 season.

The decision issued on Wednesday mandated the dissolution of WRFC Players Ltd, a division of WRFC Trading Ltd through which players and some staff members are compensated. A winding-up petition filed against the still-administrative WRFC Trading Ltd. has been put on hold.

Ted Hill, the club captain, Ollie Lawrence, Fergus Lee-Warner, and Valeriy Morozov had already made loan moves to Bath. British and Irish Lions winger Duhan van der Merwe returned to his old team Edinburgh after other players and staff had their contracts terminated as a result of the most recent decision. Administrator Begbies Traynor is in talks with two consortiums in an effort to find a buyer for WRFC Trading Ltd.

The RFU claimed that by suspending the team, there would be “space and time” to prioritize the task of securing a contract for the club’s long-term future. The RFU praised the administrators’ progress, notably their handling of the land near Sixways Stadium.

“The decision has been made to concentrate on how the club can be profitable in the long run because the club no longer has employees or players on contract, and many of them are looking for alternative employment.

“Given the complexity of the situation, any prospective investors and management will need to do due research and obtain RFU and PRL clearances” (Premiership Rugby). “Payment of any rugby creditors, including any unpaid wages to employees, players, or coaches, will be a prerequisite of any potential deal.

It is anticipated that the administrators will also be making plans for long-term sustainability. “The administrators are in discussions with many potential investors.”

Worcester will return to the Championship for the 2023–24 season if investors can be found, but it has the right to challenge the RFU’s ruling if it can demonstrate that there was “no fault insolvency.”

The RFU stated that it is also attempting to find a means to keep the University of Worcester Warriors women’s team in the Allianz Premier 15s for the remainder of the current season by collaborating with the administrators and a potential investor.

However, we can confirm that the University of Worcester Warriors women’s game versus DMP Sharks in the Allianz Cup on Saturday, October 15, will not take place due to the club’s previously stated ban. In due course, a status report on the status of upcoming competitions will be provided, the governing body noted.

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