Worcester Warriors: Premiership club seek new investment, says managing director

Warriors, who have been owned by Sixways Holdings Ltd since 2013, are reported to have been made an offer. But the club's only response to various media rumours has been to issue a statement to season ticket holders from managing director Gus Mackay."Any proposed funding structure has to be in our best interests," he said. "Our position remains unchanged from a statement we issued a few weeks ago, in which we specified that we were looking for investment, that there were no timelines and that it is essential we find the right partner. "Furthermore, our current shareholders are committed to funding the club for the foreseeable future or until the right partner is found. "We are not the only Premiership club looking...

Leicester Tigers: Afa Pakalani, Kyle Traynor & Jake Kerr join Premiership club

Tonga international back Afa Pakalani, who can play at full-back and wing, former Scotland international prop Kyle Traynor and young hooker Jake Kerr have all arrived at Welford Road. Pakalani, 25, will link up with three other Tonga internationals - Telusa Veainu, Sione Kalamafoni and Valentino Mapapalangi - at his new club. Traynor, 31, and Kerr, 21, both worked with the Tigers' squad in pre-season. "Afa is a good player in the back three," said head coach Matt O'Connor. "He has played his first Test rugby this year and is a good age profile for us. We've been looking for a bit of depth in our backline options. "Kyle has plenty of experience with Edinburgh and Bristol as well as playing Test rugby,...

Danny Cipriani: Wasps fly-half likely to be out for three months with knee injury

The 29-year-old, who won the last of his 14 international caps against France in August 2015, was hurt in Wasps' 24-21 Premiership defeat by Harlequins on Sunday.Cipriani saw a specialist on Tuesday, who confirmed he has suffered a tear in the medial ligament in his knee. Wasps said the injury is likely to take eight to 12 weeks to heal. The club also revealed back-rower Alex Rieder needs surgery after dislocating his shoulder against Quins and will be out for four months. "It's obviously not ideal to be without some of our key players, but it is likely to happen to a number of clubs at some stage during the season," Wasps director of rugby Dai Young told the club website."Unfortunately, we've...

Edinburgh’s Richard Cockerill ready to wield axe v Scarlets after Benetton loss

"A lot of those guys have international experience, some as recently as Scotland's summer tour, so I would expect better from them," he said. "Some of those guys will not be in the side this week and others will get opportunities." Ahead of facing the reigning champions on Saturday, Cockerill admitted that a "few home truths" were dished out after Friday's 20-17 defeat by the Italians. The former Leicester Tigers boss put the loss, which followed wins against Cardiff Blues and Dragons, down to "poor choices" and "glibness with the ball". "They need to listen and understand what we are trying to do from a game-plan point of view, which they all said they did beforehand but clearly didn't do it in...

Jono Kitto: Worcester Warriors sign Leicester Tigers scrum-half on loan

Injury-hit Warriors need cover at number nine with both Jonny Arr (concussion) and Luke Baldwin (bicep) unavailable and Francois Hougaard away with South Africa until October.Kitto, 25, has two tries from 29 games since joining Tigers in June 2015. The former New Zealand Under-20 player is available to Warriors immediately. Kitto will compete with veteran former Ireland international Peter Stringer for a starting place at Sixways. Worcester have made a poor start to the season, losing their first three games, and are currently bottom of the table.

Wayne Pivac: Coach says Scarlets will keep attacking style

Despite losing at Ulster in the Pro14 last Friday, the New Zealander says their philosophy will remain.The defeat was the Scarlets' first in 10 games in the competition. "We're not going to change the way we play, it's just the decision-making within that framework," said Pivac. Scarlets, whose most recent loss before the trip to Ulster was against Leinster in March, will hope to hit back on Saturday at home to Edinburgh. Pivac hopes the champions will have learned the lessons from their defeat in Belfast. "We've gone a little bit ahead of ourselves in that first half which meant we put ourselves under immense pressure," he added. "Let's face it, a top side in a big game would put us away by 20...

Jackson and Olding rape case prosecutors ‘complying’

Share this withEmailFacebookMessengerMessengerTwitterPinterestWhatsAppLinkedInCopy this linkThese are external links and will open in a new window No material is known to be outstanding and prosecutors have rebutted earlier claims that documents had been delivered in a "piecemeal" fashion. The offences are alleged to have been committed against the same woman in Belfast in June 2016. Ulster pair Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding deny all charges against them. Fly-half Paddy Jackson has been capped by Ireland 25 times and centre Stuart Olding has played four times. A Public Prosecution Service barrister said: "It was submitted that some papers have been served in a piecemeal fashion. "The prosecution don't accept that. "We would say that we have complied with the timetables that have been directed by the court in...