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Worcester Warriors players free to leave club after WRFC Players Ltd confirms liquidation at Supreme Court | News about Rugby Union


The tortuous petition heard on Wednesday involved an unpaid tax bill of around £6m, and as a result Worcester’s players’ contracts were immediately terminated.

Last updated: 5/10/22 11:29 am

Worcester Warriors players under contract can now leave the club, after WRFC Players Ltd was liquidated at the Supreme Court

Worcester Warriors players under contract can now leave the club, after WRFC Players Ltd was liquidated at the Supreme Court

WRFC Players Ltd – the company that holds the contracts of Worcester Warriors players and some employees – has been liquidated at the Supreme Court, meaning players can now leave the club.

The tortuous petition heard on Wednesday involved an unpaid tax bill worth around £6m, and as a result the Worcester players’ contracts were immediately terminated.

The club is also now expected to be suspended from the remainder of the Gallagher Premiership season and forced into relegation as confirmed by the RFU.

Worcester also fears that the next Premiership Rugby (PRL) could buy the Warriors’ P share – for £9.8m – as one of England’s 13 elite clubs, which would cut the odds of continued access to central funding.

Four Worcester players have left on loan at Ted Hill, Ollie Lawrence, Fergus Lee-Warner and Valeriy Morozov, all heading to Bath, with others sure to follow them out the door after unemployment, along with staffs.

The club now fear their Premiership position, P-Share and central sponsorship will be next

The club now fear their Premiership position, P-Share and central sponsorship will be next

Begbies administrator Traynor is looking for a buyer for WRFC Trading Ltd and is in talks with two consortiums, but any successful takeover will carry the urgent task of rebuilding the team.

Worcester owners Colin Goldring and Jason Whittingham have become unpopular figures with players, staff and fans for letting the club sink into such a precarious position.

The duo have also been mocked for seemingly blaming the team and supporters for the crisis that engulfed the Sixways in an unusual statement released on Friday.

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