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Former Irish Coach to Become Bristol CEO

One of Ireland’s and Joe Schmidt’s former coaches is set to take over as the Bristol Bears CEO



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Ex-Ireland kicking coach Mark Tainton is to become Bristol Bears’ CEO for the 2019/20 season.

Tainton will take up the role come the 1st of June as Pat Lam’s role changes from head coach to director of rugby.

Over former kicking coach, who worked with Ireland and Joe Schmidt when he took over in 2013, has held the role of chief operating officer at the Bears until now.

Tainton has a dream for the club and is excited by the direction that the Bears are going in.

“The hard work of the staff throughout the season has been fantastic and it’s helped the club to establish the Bears as an ambitious force in the Premiership,” he said.

As Bristol’s all-time leading points scorer and a former interim manager, he knows the club inside out and is delighted to move up to another new role.

“It’s an honour to join the board of directors and continue to contribute to the direction and strategy of the club as we move into an exciting future. A significant focus for us in the coming twelve months is the development of the new, world-class training facility in Abbots Leigh. We’ve made huge strides off-field over the past two seasons, but there is so much more to do in building relationships with commercial partners and the city to inspire our community – I’m excited about the journey ahead,” he added.

Club chairman Chris Booy is happy to have Tainton on board and looks forward to the club’s future with him and Lam at the helm.

“We’re delighted with the way Mark has led the operations team in our first season back in the Premiership. He has got a fantastic relationship with Pat Lam and they are aligned in their views and vision for the club – that’s crucial for us to continue moving forward. Mark has driven the commercial strategy of the Bears and we’re in a strong position to capitalise on that success. He’s a Bristolian who lives and breathes the rugby club – it’s great to welcome him onto the board,” he said.

Bristol enjoyed a successful season and look to be heading in the right direction with the new changes.


Gloucester Rugby v Worcester Warriors will not go ahead as planned



Gloucester Rugby

Following confirmation from the Rugby Football Union (RFU) and Premiership Rugby Limited (PRL) that Worcester Warriors have been suspended from all competitions, including the Gallagher Premiership, Gloucester Rugby’s Round 3 fixture versus the Warriors – scheduled for Saturday 1 October – will not go ahead as had been planned.

The Club awaits further information as to whether the fixture is cancelled or postponed and will update supporters as soon as possible thereafter.

Our thoughts go to Worcester Warriors players, staff and supporters following the news of their suspension from the league. We hope to see them return to the Premiership again soon. 

Open training this weekend

In absence of a fixture this weekend, Gloucester Rugby is opening the gates for supporters – regardless of whether they have a ticket to the Worcester fixture – to come and watch the first team train, followed by a signing session. 

Attendance is free although supporters will need a ticket for entry – simply click here to get yours.

Gates will open at 12pm with the training session running from 12.30-2pm. Following the conclusion of open training, a signing session will take place pitch-side, while Saracens v Leicester Tigers, live on BT Sport from 3pm, will also be available on the screens in the Stowford Press Clubhouse.

Next up at Holm

Bristol Bears will visit Kingsholm on Saturday 15 October and it promises to be a game not to miss! Tickets are available now from just £25 for adults and £15 for children. Click here to purchase.

For any enquiries please email [email protected]

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Club Statement



Worcester Warriors submit request for DCMS to appoint administrators

Worcester Warriors can confirm that WRFC Trading Limited, the company that owns the Worcester Warriors Premiership rugby club, has today asked DCMS to place the club into administration.

DCMS will now apply to the court to appoint administrators.

As negotiations with possible investors have still not led to critically-needed funding, administration is seen as the best solution to safeguard the interests of the business and ensure the best chances of a solution that saves the club.

It is hoped that this course of action will help to bring forward interested purchasers who may be able to preserve the club.

Once appointed, administrators will communicate with staff, supporters, partners, sponsors and creditors about timescales and processes to seek a purchaser.

Warriors owners Colin Goldring and Jason Whittingham said: “We are grateful to DCMS and Sport England as the Covid19 loan Programme Manager for accepting our request to place the club into administration.

“Both the club and DCMS will continue to co-ordinate efforts to find a rescue for the club if there is any possibility of it being saved.

“The administrators will assess any rescue options for some or all of the business as and when offers are made, while ensuring public funds are protected.”

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RFU issue statement on Worcester future



RFU Statement: Worcester Warriors

The owners of Worcester Warriors have not met the RFU’s 5pm deadline to evidence insurance cover, availability of funds to meet the monthly payroll, and a credible plan to take the club forward. 

The RFU has therefore suspended Worcester Warriors from all competitions, including the Gallagher Premiership, Allianz Premier 15s, U18s Academy Cup and Allianz Cup with immediate effect.

Bill Sweeney, RFU CEO said;

“We appreciate this is incredibly difficult news for fans, staff and players.  We would like to thank the staff and players who have worked tirelessly over recent weeks to enable matches to continue.

“We met with players and staff last week to explain why this action would be necessary and regrettably without assurances in place we have had to take this action to protect everyone’s best interests. 

“We hope a buyer can be secured to allow Worcester Warriors and The University of Worcester Warriors to return to professional league rugby.  While it is the responsibility of each business owner to manage their individual finances, we will look at learnings from this situation to see what regulation can be put in place to provide all parties with more financial transparency.  Rugby is a relatively young professional sport and it has been widely recognised that clubs have been facing financial challenges even before Covid. 

“Successful professional leagues are vital for the wellbeing of the whole game.  They inspire current and future players, delight fans by showcasing high skill levels and the exciting nature of our game. This is why it is so important that we continue to work with Premiership Rugby to improve the structure, governance and business model of rugby union in England.

“The RFU will continue to support community rugby in Worcester and is fully committed to ensuring local academy opportunities are provided for pathway players.”

The RFU will work with Premiership Rugby and DCMS to establish next steps for the club and what this will mean for the Gallagher Premiership, the men’s Academy and Allianz Premier 15s competitions.

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