Worcester hold emergency meeting at Sixways in a bid to find funds to get their first two matches of the season on after giving assurances to Premiership Rugby and the RFU that they will be able to play
- Worcester due to start campaign against London Irish on Saturday
- Financially stricken club then scheduled to host Exeter eight days later
- Warriors are worried about organisational challenges and coping with costs
Worcester staff were called to an emergency meeting at their Sixways ground on Tuesday to discuss how to fund their first two games of the season.
The financially stricken club have already given assurances to Premiership Rugby and the RFU that they are able to start their league campaign as planned — against London Irish at Brentford on Saturday.
But Sportsmail understands that urgent internal talks took place about coping with the costs and organisational challenges relating to that fixture and the home match against Exeter that takes place eight days later.
Worcester Warriors are facing financial woes and are struggling to fulfill wages
While Worcester’s future is on a knife-edge, it is also a critical situation for English rugby authorities, with the reputation of the Premiership very much on the line.
Even if the match goes ahead, there will be more costs for the clash with Exeter in round two, with match-day staff needing to be paid. Full-time staff are still waiting for the remaining 35 per cent of their August wages and Sportsmail has been told that eight of them are yet to receive any monthly pay at all. Outstanding sums are due to arrive on Thursday, but employees are sceptical.
Meanwhile, Bromsgrove MP and former chancellor of the exchequer, Sajid Javid, has called for urgent action. ‘Many of my constituents are concerned about the situation at Worcester. ‘I will be working with my Worcestershire MP colleagues to help find a solution for this much-loved club.’
Pressure is mounting on the Government to help safeguard Worcester’s future
Javid’s intervention adds clout to the pressure being heaped on club co-owners Colin Goldring and Jason Whittingham.
Local MPs have united in pushing for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to force the Warriors into administration. However, doing so would trigger end-of-season relegation from the Premiership, unless a ‘no-fault insolvency’ could be proved.
Worcester MP Robin Walker is due to apply for the matter to be debated in the House of Commons in the next fortnight.