DCMS application for Worcester Warriors administration process begins

DCMS application for Worcester Warriors administration process begins

With a statement from the club, it has been revealed that DCMS application for the Worcester Warriors administration process has begun. And sad times prevail for their supporter base and, within all of the Premiership as the club is suspended from the competition.

The official statement has been included below yet, the dire consequences may in fact add threats to other organizations. The pall of revenue streams and deficit hangs across many Premiership Rugby clubs; from the top division down. Worcester Warriors administration seemed inevitable, even though of many probable statements of intent.

“Worcester Warriors can confirm that WRFC Trading Limited, the company that owns the Worcester Warriors Premiership rugby club, has today asked DCMS to place the club into administration.”

DCMS (Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport) will apply to the court to appoint administrators

To paraphrase the statement, it went on to say; As negotiations with possible investors have still not led to critically-needed funding, Worcester Warriors administration is seen as the best solution to safeguard the interests of the business and ensure the best chances of a solution that saves the club. It is hoped that this course of action will help to bring forward interested purchasers who may be able to preserve the club.

Once appointed, administrators will communicate with staff, supporters, partners, sponsors, and creditors about timescales and processes to seek a purchaser.

Warriors owners Colin Goldring and Jason Whittingham said: “We are grateful to DCMS and Sport England as the Covid19 loan Programme Manager for accepting our request to place the club into administration. Both the club and DCMS will continue to coordinate efforts to find a rescue for the club if there is any possibility of it being saved.

“The administrators will assess any rescue options for some or all of the business as and when offers are made while ensuring public funds are protected.”

Premiership Rugby has also spoken on the matter – as it directly affects the competition’s schedule. This unfortunately is not the first time news of a club struggling financially had made headlines. The Toronto Wolfpack had some financial difficulties and was kicked out of England’s Super League in 2020.

Suspension of Worcester Warriors difficult news for all involved

The owners of Worcester Warriors have not met the RFU’s 5 p.m. GMT deadline to evidence insurance cover, availability of funds to meet the monthly payroll, and a credible plan to take the club forward. The RFU has therefore suspended Worcester Warriors from all competitions, including the Gallagher Premiership, Allianz Premier 15s, U18s Academy Cup, and Allianz Cup with immediate effect.

Bill Sweeney, RFU CEO said:

“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. 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 recognized 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, and 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.”

That final statement shows how the sustainability of the one Premier team is not the only area of the community affected. The actions made to initiate Worcester Warriors administration see the women’s, academy, and [in the meantime] all talent identification suspended. Gladly, junior and amateur levels and the immediate pathway for young men and women should be supported.


As this is a developing story, Last Word on Rugby will aim to provide unbiased news content as the Worcester Warriors administration process continues.


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