THE Worcester Warriors Supporter Trust has become the first fully-registered supporters trust in English rugby.

On August 7, the WWST - now formally known as Worcester Warriors Supporters' Society Limited - had its application approved to be listed as a Community Benefit Society by the Financial Conduct Authority. 

It is a big step for the Trust, who are hoping they can use their powers to assist the return of a men's Worcester Warriors team. 

Marcus Mulcahy is the chairman of the Trust and he says this is just the beginning of their journey. 

"Our primary purpose will always be to act as the credible and audible voice of Worcester Warriors supporters and, indeed, the whole population of a wider Worcestershire," he said on behalf of the Trust.

"Whether a rugby fan or not, all of Worcester are so proud of Cecil Duckworth, whose determination (and a fair few millions) took Worcester Rugby Club from Tier 8 to Tier 1 of English Rugby in less than a decade.

"We believe that Cecil's vision of raising the profile of not only the rugby club but also the city of Worcester cannot be betrayed."

This has all come around since the men's team at Warriors was disbanded as a result of the club going into administration.

Whilst the Warriors Women are now acting as a separate club, the men's team does not currently exist.

Owners at the stadium, Jim O'Toole and James Sandford (Atlas Worcester Warriors), had said earlier this year that every effort would be made to bring the team back to life, most likely down in the Championship or in the National League system.

But plans and communications in recent months have stalled and as a result, The Trust was formed to try and 'restore the damage done to the legacy of Cecil Duckworth' as well as ensure the men's team does not fade out of existence totally. 

"We do not pretend to have a magic wand," continued Mulcahy. "Our incorporation will not suddenly lead to announcements of the return of rugby but we absolutely promise that we will do all we possibly can to pressurise and cajole those in charge (whoever they may end up being) to have men's rugby at the heart of their plans.

"We will press on with our plan to nominate Sixways Stadium as an Asset of Community Value.

"We will be reaching out on Social Media for all your ideas as to why Sixways Stadium is indeed an asset to our community - not just as a host for sporting events but in so many diverse ways.

"We will also continue in our attempts to broaden the dialogue we have opened with administrators, receivers, owners, potential owners, the RFU and all other interested parties."