London Irish secured the start of the Worcester Premiership

Declan Kidney says London Irish have been assured Saturday’s Gallagher Premiership clash against troubled Worcester will go ahead as planned.

The Warriors travel to Brentford as the club is plagued by uncertainty over its future.

HM Revenue & Customs has frozen Worcester’s finances in pursuing unpaid taxes, although it is known that Warriors players have now been paid after an initial delay.

Premiership Rugby have cleared Worcester to start the league campaign on time and talks are ongoing with potential buyers for the club.

Four Worcestershire MPs – Robin Walker, Harriett Baldwin, Rachel Maclean and Mark Garnier – called on Monday for Warriors to be placed in administration.

However, Worcester co-owners Colin Goldring and Jason Whittingham hit back, stating: “We are disappointed to read the statement by four local MPs calling on the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to take the Worcester Warriors to force administration.

“We want to make it clear that we have fully briefed the DCMS on the financial condition of the Worcester Warriors.

“The DCMS knows that three groups of buyers are talking to us. Any deals considered would prevent the club from going into administration.

Amid the chaos, Worcester rugby director Steve Diamond must prepare his players for a Premiership opener after no pre-season games have taken place.

Ireland boss Kidney, meanwhile, confirmed the Exiles had sought assurances given Saturday’s encounter would go ahead as scheduled.

“I’m sure on the human side it’s been incredibly stressful for everyone who works there,” Kidney said of Worcester’s situation.

“On the financial side, the people who have that responsibility have to do what they have to do and the rest of the middle has to get on with the game and we’ve been told the game is on.”

When asked if there was a more dangerous team than one whose players weren’t paid, Kidney added, “Sportswise absolutely not.

“People talk about motivating their team for a game and when that happens naturally and you don’t have to say a word, they’re always the most dangerous.

“I understand there are other bigger issues regarding Worcester. Will they be highly motivated? It’s human nature. There are probably simpler jigs to start with. They have too many good players, too many to play for.

“When it comes to a pure rugby match you can actually use those things in your favor and there is no better man to get them to use them than Steve (Diamond).

“They have British and Irish Lions players in their ranks, English players. I have no doubt Worcester will be as competitive as ever as a rugby club.

“If we don’t get a result on Saturday, it’s not because we took it lightly in any way.

“They will be very strong and very organized. There’s no point in talking Worcester up or down, it’s just about making sure we’re doing the right thing.

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