RPA Statement - Worcester Warriors

Wednesday 5th October

The RPA is extremely saddened to hear of the liquidation of WRFC Players Limited. We stand with all Worcester employees.

Our immediate thoughts are with all the players and staff who have lost their jobs today due to this terrible situation.

We will continue to support our members in all ways that we can throughout this hugely challenging and difficult time, as we have done since it became clear that the club was in financial trouble.

It is clear that lessons must be learnt from this situation and that players must be fully involved and consulted in any discussions regarding, their futures and the future direction of the professional game.

Thursday 29th September

Our members are currently in a position where WRFC Players Ltd, the company holding their contracts, is not in administration, whilst WRFC Trading Ltd (in administration) has entered the administration process.

This situation leaves the players in a no-win scenario, with payday looming, the club suspended from competition, a winding up petition due to be heard next week and no ability to terminate their contract if they wish to pursue opportunities elsewhere. The directors of WRFC Players Limited, and as required the administrators of WRFC Trading Ltd (in administration), must provide clarity on what the proposed strategy is for WRFC Players Ltd as, without the players, there seems no viable long-term future for Worcester Warriors. This clarity must be provided urgently as this situation cannot continue.

Whilst we acknowledge the work going on behind the scenes, we call on the Directors of WRFC Players Limited and all stakeholders to confirm their intentions with regards to WRFC Players Limited without delay.

Tuesday 27th September

The RPA shares the concern and sadness of all in seeing Worcester’s suspension from the Gallagher Premiership and plan to enter administration.

We hosted a call with the players last night to give them as much information as we could on potential next steps and their legal position. This was done with the support of our specialist employment and insolvency lawyers. 

We will continue regular contact with all stakeholders and work tirelessly to support the players to the best of our ability. 

The resilience of Worcester players and staff to this point has been remarkable and we all hope that this process beginning will lead to a viable and sustainable future for the club.