THE rugby community has taken to social media to pay tribute to former Worcester Warriors' President Cecil Duckworth CBE, after the 83 year old's death on Sunday.

The founder of Worcester Bosch died following a short battle with illness and the news came as a shock to all, sparking many to share their kind words about the man who is considered the reason Warriors are where they are today. 

Current and ex-players shared their fond memories of the much-loved figure, with former fly-half Andy Goode describing him as a "wonderful" man. 

Mr Duckworth joined Worcester RFC (as they were named then) back in 1997 and oversaw the leap from the regional amateur leagues into the Premiership in 2004, where Warriors have, largely, been ever since. 

Various members of the rugby world paid their respects to Duckworth, who's role within the Worcester community outside of rugby saw him appointed a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in 2013 for his charity contributions. 

World Rugby Chairman and former England international Sir Bill Beaumont tweeted saying Duckworth was responsible for turning Worcester's Premiership dream into a "sustainable reality". 

Former coaches and director's of rugby were also keen to pass on their condolences.

Gary Gold, who was at the club in 2017 for a short time, said he was "heartbroken" when he heard the news. 

Warriors' fans expressed their gratitude to the man who brought Premiership rugby to the city of Worcester and some are calling for statues to be erected, as well as stands being named in his honour.