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Owner’s message to Sale Sharks Fans

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Statement begins.

Dear Sharks Family,

It’s been a memorable season on the pitch for us all at Sale Sharks as we reached our first Premiership semi-final in 15 years. We came up against a talented Exeter Chiefs side on the day and they came out on top. But we’re all so proud of what the players have achieved and we promise that we’ll do everything in our power to make sure this is just the start.

We also know it’s been a challenging and immensely difficult time off the field as well for so many of you but despite everything that the last 15 months has thrown at you, your support for your club has never wavered.

On behalf of everyone at the club, thank you. We promise that we don’t take that support for granted – in fact, we’ve all felt it every time the players took to the field, even if the stands were empty. We can’t wait until you’re all back where you belong.

On the field it’s been an eventful season. The year started with the appointment of Alex Sanderson as Director of Rugby in January and I’m sure you’d all agree that Alex has surpassed even our wildest expectations. He’s had an incredible impact right across the club and is a huge part of why we’ve reached our first Premiership semi-final in 15 years and why six of your Sharks are heading to South Africa for a British and Irish Lions tour.

We have a couple of new signings on the horizon, a brilliant group of talented, home-grown youngsters like Bevan Rodd, Ewan Ashman, James Harper, Matt Postlethwaite, Raffi Quirke, Kieran Wilkinson, Conor Doherty, Tom Roebuck and Arron Reed coming through, we announced new contracts for Manu Tuilagi and Cam Neild and we’ve built on a fantastic set of coaches and backroom staff with the appointment of our new Peak Performance coach Jamie Langley.

This season we also appointed Sid Sutton as our new CEO and under Sid’s guidance, everyone at Carrington is working so hard to make sure next season builds on this one across all departments.

The future is so bright and we hope you’re as excited as we are about what’s to come because together, we can achieve anything.

We’re sure too, that you’re already itching to get back into the AJ Bell Stadium to support your team. We know the lads can’t wait to run out in front of a full house. We welcomed supporters back into the stadium for two games at the end of the regular season and the team responded with two big wins against really good sides. You’re truly irreplaceable and we know the difference you can make and what a part you can play in pushing this club onto even bigger and better things.

We want, and need, you to join us for what’s going to be an exciting ride.

We want to fill the stadium, to make it a fortress and a difficult place for opposition teams to come and we want you to be a part of that. The atmosphere was incredible with 3,000 fans in for the Bristol and Harlequins games so just imagine what it could be like with 12,000.

Top four is the minimum target for your Sharks now but whatever we hope to achieve, we’ll need your help. So join the Sharks feeding frenzy and help us in our quest to reach the summit of English rugby.

Thanks everyone and see you soon.

Regards

Simon, Michelle and Ged

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Source – Sale Sharks Rugby


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Gloucester Rugby v Worcester Warriors will not go ahead as planned

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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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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

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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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