Worcester Warriors have been set two deadlines amid a warning from the Rugby Football Union that they will be suspended from all competitions on Monday if they are unable to fulfil three criteria.

The Premiership side have until 5pm on 26 September to provide evidence that they have the required insurance cover in place, the funds to meet payroll and a meaningful plan to lift Sixways out of crisis.

Worcester are fighting for their future burdened by debts totaling over €28.5m amid growing anger felt towards owners Colin Goldring and Jason Whittingham, who have been accused of asset stripping the club.

In addition, Worcester must prove by 12pm on Thursday the capability to stage Saturday's Premiership match against Newcastle, after last Sunday's first home game of the season only took place because of the efforts of staff, many of whom have not been paid their salaries for August.

"The RFU, Premiership Rugby and Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport have been seeking assurances from the Worcester owners regarding funding and potential new ownership proposals for several weeks," an RFU statement read.

"We are grateful to the staff at Worcester for their hard work in being able to provide the required information to allow the games to go ahead last weekend and in the week ahead.

"The RFU has set the same conditions for the matches this weekend to go ahead as were in place for the previous weekend.

"These must be met by noon on Thursday September 22 as, in particular, Newcastle will be travelling on Friday September 23.

"However, all parties remain concerned that the lack of available funds will not allow the club to be sustainable over the long term.

"In particular, the RFU is aware that insurance cover is only in place until midnight on Monday September 26.

"Therefore the RFU has written to Worcester to confirm they will be suspended from all competitions, including the Gallagher Premiership, Allianz Premier 15s and Allianz Cup, if the club cannot provide evidence of insurance cover in place, availability of funds to meet the monthly payroll and a credible plan to take the club forward, by 5pm on September 26."

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