The Gloucester vs Worcester Cup clash is set to go ahead despite the ongoing crisis

Troubled club Worcester Warriors’ Premiership Rugby Cup match against Gloucester on Wednesday is set to go ahead as scheduled.

It is understood Worcester are looking to register a number of loanees who would help them fulfill the game at Kingsholm.

The Warriors team should have been announced at noon on Tuesday, but this has now been delayed.

“Premiership Rugby can confirm that tomorrow night’s Premiership Rugby Cup match between Gloucester and Worcester will go ahead as scheduled, but that the Worcester team’s announcement of the match has been delayed,” tournament organizers said.

The Warriors’ future remains in serious doubt despite meeting last Friday’s safety certification deadline set by Rugby Football Union, which allowed them to host Gallagher Premiership opponents Exeter on Sunday.

The RFU has said it will continue to work with the owners of Worcester on financing and potential acquisition proposals.

Debt has soared to as much as £25million including a £6million tax bill, while a number of players and staff have yet to receive their full August salaries.

After the Exeter defeat, Worcester rugby director Steve Diamond said: “I don’t know how long we can go on with this as I’ve been told there are negotiations going on behind the scenes but I’m not involved.

“In the professional era, no rugby director should have to deal with a situation like this with players not receiving their August salaries.

“There are limits to how many times players or staff can come out of goodwill without being paid and it’s not possible for anyone to work without internet and heating with winter around the corner.”

Worcester staff last week called for a change of ownership at the club, expressing anger at “constantly broken promises” that have put their future in jeopardy.

Warriors owners Colin Goldring and Jason Whittingham have claimed to have agreed terms for the club’s sale, but rugby authorities are yet to be convinced.

Worcester’s next scheduled Premiership game is at the Sixways on Saturday against Newcastle.

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/worcester-gloucester-steve-diamond-cherry-exeter-b2171145.html The Gloucester vs Worcester Cup clash is set to go ahead despite the ongoing crisis

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