Diamond delivers withering verdict as leaders call for Warriors talks - The Evesham Observer

Diamond delivers withering verdict as leaders call for Warriors talks

Evesham Editorial 10th Feb, 2023   0

FORMER Worcester Warriors Director of Rugby Steve Diamond has delivered a withering verdict on the end of Worcester Warriors.

Diamond, who led a consortium including Warriors sponsor Adam Hewitt to buy the Sixways side, delivered his assessment on social media amid reports the club’s name will disappear.

Writing on social media, Diamond said: “Goodbye Warriors. My thoughts RIP Worcester Warriors.   RIP Duckworth legacy.

RIP Warriors supporters. RIP Rugby Creditors,         RIP Stourbridge RFC. RIP.Elite Rugby

The Staff,Players & suppliers have been shafted.

“Frying pan into 🔥”

Rings a bell.”

However a u-turn could be on the cards as co-owner James Sandford told the BBC on Friday evening (February 10) he and Jim O’Toole ‘got it wrong’ over the rebranding of Warriors as ‘Sixways Rugby’.

His comments came on the day local council leaders called for talks to secure a local Championship side.

Leader of Wychavon District Council Coun Bradley Thomas said: “Professional rugby at Sixways is a key part of Worcestershire’s sporting identity.

“We must protect both the heritage of the sport on this site as well as the interests of players, fans, and the wider community. We remain committed to working with partners and stakeholders to deliver this outcome.”

Meanwhile Worcester’s MP Robin Walker has written to DCMS ministers to pass on the concerns of many constituents who want to see a resumption of professional rugby under the Worcester Warriors banner.

“Securing elite professional rugby at Sixways has always been at the heart of both my and local councils interest in the future of the ground and we made clear right at the start of the process that whatever the ownership, the only way development would take place at or around the ground would be if the interests of sport and the community were at its heart,” Mr Walker said.

“Breaking the link between Sixways and Worcester does not seem an obvious way to go about supporting that.

“There are tens of thousands of rugby fans in and around Worcester and I would urge anyone looking to the future of Sixways to engage with them, hear their views and make sure we can move forward together.


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