The Scots favourites to buy Worcester Warriors?

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:31
Large gary gold worcester warriors 2017 800

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: The Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) are now favourites to buy the financially challenged Worcester Warriors – according to reports.

The Premiership outfit has well documented financial difficulties and has been on the market for several months. Over the weekend the Rugby Paper reported that deal on the table from the previous favourite to buy the club – businessman Jed McCrory – has fallen through.

The Worcester News is reporting that the SRU, who previously expressed an interest in investing in the club, has now emerged as the favourite to take over.

The move would mean that the SRU would have access to the Premiership as an option for players to play outside of Scotland but remain under control of the union, effectively giving them a third fully professional team.

The SRU are in an unprecedented financial position, having posted record revenues in the 2016/17 season. The union posted revenues of over £50 million for the first time in its history. In contrast, Worcester Warriors are struggling on and off the pitch.

In early November Worcester Warriors released a statement in response to media reports that suggested the club’s location might be changed if it were to be sold.

"The Warriors Board can confirm that Sixways Holdings Limited would not consider selling the Club to investors who would move it away from Worcester.

"Despite reports in the media, Sixways Holdings Limited is clear in its intentions to ensure new investors keep the Club at its Sixways base.

"A condition of any sale would state that the Club must remain in Worcester,"

Warriors Chairman Bill Bolsover said: "Last week I was able to reassure supporters that it was highly unlikely that a new owner would relocate the Club.

"I can now confirm that selling the Club to investors who might want to move it away from Worcester is not something that Sixways Holdings Limited would consider.

"The West Midlands is the prime location for the Club to continue to engage and grow what is already a strong support-base in the area.

"Sixways Holdings Limited has invested significantly in the current facilities and will not risk the future stability of the Club by allowing it to be moved to another part of the country,"

By Ian Cameron, Rugbypass

There are currently no matches being played
Fri, 23 March 2018
Connacht v Edinburgh 19h35 Sportsground
Dragons v Cheetahs 19h35 Rodney Parade
Glasgow Warriors v Zebre 19h35 Scotstoun
Bath v Exeter Chiefs 19h45 Recreation Ground
Sat, 24 March 2018
Sunwolves v Chiefs 04h15 Tokyo
Hurricanes v Highlanders 06h35 Wellington
Kings v Treviso 13h00 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Sale Sharks v Worcester Warriors 15h00 AJ Bell Stadium
Saracens v Harlequins 15h00 London
London Irish v Gloucester 15h00 Madejski Stadium
Cardiff Blues v Ulster 15h15 Cardiff Arms Park
Stormers v Reds 15h15 Newlands
Newcastle Falcons v Northampton Saints 17h30 Kingston Park
Munster v Scarlets 17h30 Thomond Park
Ospreys v Leinster 19h35 Liberty Stadium
Jaguares v Lions 19h40 Estadio Jose Amalfitani
Sun, 25 March 2018
Leicester Tigers v Wasps 15h00 Welford Road
Fri, 30 March 2018
Chiefs v Highlanders 06h35 Hamilton
Fri, 23 March 2018
Rebels v Sharks 46 | 14
Crusaders v Bulls 34 | 14
Mon, 19 March 2018
Wits v NWU-Pukke 31 | 35
CUT-Ixias v UCT-Ikeys 23 | 30
UP-Tuks v UJ 30 | 30
Shimlas v NMMU-Madibaz 28 | 22
Sun, 18 March 2018
Waratahs v Rebels 51 | 27
Sat, 17 March 2018
Jaguares v Reds 7 | 18
Wales v France 14 | 13
Lions v Sunwolves 40 | 38
England v Ireland 15 | 24
Stormers v Blues 37 | 20
Italy v Scotland 27 | 29
Brumbies v Sharks 24 | 17
Highlanders v Crusaders 25 | 17
Team P W D L Pts
Exeter Chiefs 17 12 0 5 61
Wasps 17 11 1 5 54
Saracens 17 11 0 6 53
Newcastle Falcons 17 11 0 6 50
Leicester Tigers 17 10 0 7 47
Gloucester 17 9 1 7 46
Bath 17 9 0 8 45
Sale Sharks 17 8 0 9 43
Harlequins 17 7 0 10 36
Northampton Saints 17 6 0 11 31
Worcester Warriors 17 5 0 12 27
London Irish 17 2 0 15 15