Worcester’s demise is ‘the darkest day in English rugby’ – Steve Diamond

Worcester Warriors director of rugby Steve Diamond slammed ‘the darkest day in English rugby’ on Wednesday as the company responsible for paying the West Midlands club’s players was liquidated in a brutal 22-second hearing before the High Court.

On a day of high emotion, in which the stricken club were set to be kicked out of the Gallagher Premiership, Diamond, alongside Worcester captain Ted Hill, took aim at game administrators , accusing Premiership Rugby and the Rugby Football Union of sitting idly by. as “a professional rugby tragedy” unfolded.

In response to a 58-word statement from Premiership Rugby chief executive Simon Massie-Taylor, Hill said simply: “Your ‘thoughts’ are not what we needed.”

“It’s the darkest day for English rugby,” added Diamond. “We thought we could turn the tanker around, but unfortunately it ended like the Titanic.

“The ship sank, the captains are nowhere to be found. The RFU/PRL group played in the background. There are a select few who have jobs but there are so many who don’t.

“Players, coaches, commercial staff, I’m sorry. I said some time ago that this could be a tragedy for professional rugby and that’s where we are. Nick Easter, the defense coach of the Warriors, also accused the club’s co-owners, Colin Goldring and Jason Whittingham, of being “cowards”.

Worcester’s High Court liquidation, for which the club had no representation, was finalized in 22 seconds on Wednesday afternoon, after which the RFU confirmed that they “will continue to speak to administrators and potential buyers at the over the next 24 hours”. understand the possibility of a buyer taking over the club in time for the men’s team to compete in the Premiership in the 2022-23 season.”

It is understood, however, that remains unlikely, with Worcester’s best-case scenario seemingly returning to the Championship at the start of next season, with final clarity expected in the coming days. Premiership chiefs were locked in lengthy negotiations with trustees on Wednesday night.

“We are also liaising with the administrators regarding discussions with potential backers, which could allow the University of Worcester Warriors women’s team to continue in the Allianz Premier 15 even if the men’s team cannot continue to participate this season,” Bill Sweeney, RFU general manager, added.

“It’s a very sad day for rugby in England. Our hearts go out to all Worcester Warriors players, staff and supporters.”