Without money for other players and in a serious economic crisis, the Warriors will bring two already retired athletes to the bench. one for nine years
The Worcester Warriors announced their lineup for their Premier League Rugby Cup match against Gloucester. And this in itself is news, because Because of the dangerous economic situation Participation in the English Cup was not taken for granted, since the Warriors did not have the funds to hire players on loan for this match.
Somehow, however, rugby manager Steve Diamond managed to put together a team to play this evening’s scheduled match, eventually composing a roster of 22 players and capturing some people who had nothing to do with playing professional rugby. long time.
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On the bench, in fact, there will be Johnny Goodridge and Matt Gilbert. Goodridge, 41, is the current head coach of the Warriors Academy appearance, playing for six seasons with Gloucester in his career and retiring for nine. When announcing the formation, Worcester wanted to specify that Goodridge, although no longer an active player, regularly participates in Warriors training.
Matt Gilbert, on the other hand, is 37 and only retired from rugby at the end of last season to devote himself full time to his business, a fast food pizzeria. Over the course of his career, Gilbert (who was the only fully deaf professional athlete in England) played two games at Mogliano, as well as at Worcester between 2014 and 2016.
Gilbert is one of five players that Worcester managed to sign for tonight’s game alongside Olly Carey, Louis Barrett, Ethan Parkins and Will Tanner. The only player on the roster to have played minutes in a Premier League match so far is Graham Kitchener, who came off the bench in the first two league games they lost to London Irish and Exeter Chiefs.
The latest news on the corporate crisis
In the meantime, the team and the technical staff Didn’t receive any updates On the corporate crisis, although one of the club’s owners (Jason Whittingham) said two days ago that he was ready to announce the sale of Worcester. The words, however, were not followed by any concrete action, a circumstance that only served to increase discontent and frustration within the club.
“The number of unfulfilled promises to employees has now reached double digits – wrote on Twitter Nick Easter, Worcester defense coach – who knows who is to blame this time.” In the meantime, the club is trying to work on organizing the Premier League match at home against Newcastle on Saturday, despite difficulties in ensuring the necessary medical service and hosts for the security service.
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