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Worcester to face Exeter after avoiding suspension

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Worcester’s total debts are reported to be £25m

Financially troubled Worcester Warriors have been given permission to play this weekend after proving they can safely host matches at Sixways.

Sunday’s Premiership game against Exeter can go ahead after they showed the Rugby Football Union (RFU) they had obtained a general safety certificate.

The club met Friday’s midday deadline, to allow the match to be played.

Saturday’s Allianz Cup tie between Worcester and Harlequins Women will also be staged as originally scheduled.

Both Worcester and Exeter delayed the announcement of their teams for Sunday while the issue around safety was being resolved, with the RFU having threatened to suspended Warriors from all competitions had they failed to be issued the relevant certificate.

The RFU said they are “pleased the matter has been resolved” and “recognise this has been a difficult and uncertain time” for those at Worcester, as well as their opponents this weekend.

Questions about the up-for-sale club’s future, however, remain unanswered.

On Tuesday the Warriors’ owners said they had agreed the terms of the sale of the beleaguered club, which was served with a winding-up petition from HM Revenue and Customs in August over an unpaid £6m tax bill.

The sale of the club to unidentified interested buyers is yet to be completed, leaving the club still in danger of entering administration.

The game’s governing body said they are still working with the club on the situation.

“The RFU, Premiership Rugby and Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport will continue to work with Worcester Warriors owners regarding funding and potential new ownership proposals in the coming days,” a statement from the RFU said.

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