Former european Champs Wasps demoted to BOTTOM of English League pyramid after having Championship licence revoked


WASPS have been demoted to the bottom division after having their Championship license revoked.

The club has faced turmoil since entering administration last October.

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Relegation from the Premiership followed and the club is facing ninth-tier rugby from next season.

Following administration 167 staff and players lost their jobs.

The club was then bought by a consortium involving former player Phil Vickery in December.

However their license to participate in the Championship has been withdrawn with the RFU concerned about the lack of progress in bringing players and staff to the club.

An RFU statement read: “In order to be sure that Wasps were in a position to play in the Championship, the RFU set a deadline for the club to meet the commitments it had made when the licence was first approved and recommit to participating in the Championship in 2023/24.

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“These included evidencing payment to Rugby Creditors and putting in place suitable governance structures including a majority independent Board and a process for managing risk.

“The RFU was also concerned about the lack of progress engaging coaching staff and players.

“The club stated that it could not meet these commitments, recommit to participating in the Championship in 2023/24 or engage staff of players until further finance was secured.

“The RFU had worked with the club’s new owners to give the club the best chance of continuing in the league structure and recognises the effort the new owners have put in to try to make this happen.


“However, the RFU Board decided that in order to give certainty to other clubs, the licence to continue to play is withdrawn.”

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