FOLLOWING Worcester Warriors going into administration in September 22, there was hope that the rugby club would not be dormant for too long.

But 14 months on, the rugby club remains, essentially, extinguished.

But there could be some light for Warriors fans in the news that former director of rugby Steve Diamond has reportedly taken up a role with the RFU Premiership 2 working group. 

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In June of this year, Premiership Rugby and RFU said they were working to find a “creative solution” to ensure that Warriors, along with Wasps and London Irish, could be saved from extinction by potentially bringing them back into a new-look second tier which is likely to be rebranded as ‘Prem 2’.

The RFU have put a working group together on the Prem 2 concept and in this new role with the RFU, there is perhaps a hope that Diamond will be able to ensure that Warriors, as well as Irish, Wasps and even Jersey Reds, can be saved and brought back.

Diamond (with others) was one of potentially a handful of proposed bids to save Warriors in the aftermath of administration last year, but he lost out to Atlas Worcester Warriors, who bought the rugby club back in May.

The takeover by Atlas - a group headed up by Jim O'Toole and James Sandford - was "completed" in May this year but seems to have collapsed in recent months, with over £1m still unpaid on the purchase. 

Administrators Begbies Traynor had set an October 9 date for that money to be paid in full, but they have since extended that deadline further.

And in another twist to the story, it was revealed in September that Loxwood Holdings Ltd were made the 'person with significant control', according to Companies House. Christopher Holland is the director of Loxwood Holdings Ltd, who is also the director at Wasps Holdings Ltd.

BBC Hereford and Worcester reported that Chris Holland now owns a 97 per-cent share of Atlas Worcester Warriors.