THE future of Worcester Warriors as a brand continues to look bleak, but what is next for rugby at Sixways?

After the confirmation from the RFU on Wednesday (February 15) that Worcester Warriors would not be competing in the Championship (England's second-tier competition) next season, attention now turns back to the proposed 'Sixways Rugby' project. 

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New owners at Sixways, Atlas Worcester Warriors RFC Ltd, revealed their plans for a major shake-up last Thursday (February 9); bringing semi-professional outfit Stourbridge RFC to the home of Warriors under the new name of 'Sixways Rugby'. 

Now that proposal is something that will have to be approved by both the RFU and the members at Stourbridge (via a vote) in order for it to pass. 

Worcester supporters will have their chance to voice their own concerns at a Sixways event on Saturday, where Atlas owners Jim O'Toole and James Sandford will present their plans for the club to 550 people.

What's the situation at Stourbridge?

Redditch Advertiser: Stoubridge RFC sit bottom of the league having won just one game this season. Stoubridge RFC sit bottom of the league having won just one game this season. (Image: Andy Cook)

The semi-professional side currently play at National League 2 level but are currently bottom of the table with just one win all season, and relegation is becoming incresingly likely.

That would drop them out of the national game and into the amateur game in Midlands 1, one league above the likes of Worcester RFC, Malvern RFC, Droitwich RFC and Evesham RFC.

Now Stourbridge have still to vote on this proposal no date confirmed) but the other important deadline to note is Friday February 17, as that is the date that any transfers within the National League 2 level must be completed by. 

If they have hopes of surviving, you would think that they would need to bring in some fresh blood but with this proposal still not agreed with Atlas, it seems unlikely they will be able to recruit those who may want to join 'the journey' with Sixways in mind. 

They make the trip to Newport (Salop) on Saturday in their latest National League 2 West fixture.

Are Wasps moving in?

Redditch Advertiser: There are rumours Wasps may move in at Sixways for next season. There are rumours Wasps may move in at Sixways for next season. (Image: JMP)

The honest answer at this point it still 'not sure'. 

Wasps were, on Wednesday, confirmed as a Championship club for next season but they still have not revealed where they will playing their matches. 

They don't seem to be able to return to Coventry so, geographically, Sixways makes sense.

Atlas confirmed last week that the two parties were in contact and one of the national papers suggested it was already a done deal. It is sure to be a popular question for supporters to ask on Saturday at Sixways. 

What about Raiders and Warriors Women? 

It is not just the Warriors who are fearful of what will happen.

Sixways is home to local non-league football side Worcester Raiders and the Warriors Women, who are now a separate entity to the men's team after securing a long-term deal with Cube International.

Raiders' chairman Steve Harris met with owners O'Toole and Sandford on Thursday to discuss the club's future.

For now, the Warriors Women remain at Sixways and they do play after the supporter event against Exeter Chiefs at home. But if Wasps do come, things begin to look a little squeezed at Sixways.