A 22-second high court hearing has ended with the contracts of all players, backroom staff, administrative staff, and the women’s squad, having been immediately terminated.
Staff were still owed 35% of their wages from August, with no one getting paid in September at all.
Warriors director of rugby Steve Diamond was grave in his statement released on Twitter earlier:
“This is the darkest day for English rugby,” “We thought we could turn the tanker around but it’s ended up like the Titanic, sadly. The ship has sunk, the captains are nowhere to be seen.”
#TOGETHER “This is the darkestday for English rugby. We thought we could turn the tanker around but it’s ended up like the Titanic, sadly. The ship has sunk, the captains are nowhere to be seen. The RFU/PRL band played in the back ground. There are a privileged few who have jobs.
— Steve Diamond (@Steve_Dimes) October 5, 2022
The Warriors battled hard right to the end, with a set of players even coming in earlier on before the new, despite what was happening elsewhere.
The last dance.
Even with everything happening today, some boys still wanted to come in and keep going.
It doesn’t seem fair but we’ve done everything we can.#together pic.twitter.com/3R4IWk70uX
— Jamie Shillcock (@JamieShillcock) October 5, 2022
Players, fans and pundits have been quick to express their disappointment at the news.
It’s been one hell of a ride @WorcsWarriors. Gutted 💔 pic.twitter.com/s68hpKhttZ
— Duhan van der Merwe (@duhanvdmerwe) October 5, 2022
Worcester Warriors’ players and staff have their contracts terminated in the High Court. A grim state of affairs. Some great people at that club, who have been treated dreadfully.
— Tom Hamilton (@tomhamiltonespn) October 5, 2022
What a sad day for everyone involved with Worcester Warriors😔 sending love to all who are affected
— Simi (@simsimpam) October 5, 2022