Worcester Warriors will no longer rebrand as Sixways Rugby as owners meet with fans

Worcester Warriors fan Pete Breakwell who was in the meeting speaking to ITV News Central

Worcester Warriors will no longer change their name to "Sixways Rugby" after plans released last week suggested they would.

In a meeting on Saturday afternoon, the club's owners Atlas apologised to fans.

Worcester Warrior fan Pete Breakwell who was in the meeting told ITV News Central: "They are going to retain the name Worcester Warriors which I think is really important they also apologised for comments made in recent interviews.

"It was clear that they did want to engage with fans and do this in the right way."

He added: "The first people to stand up and ask questions thanked James Sandford and Jim O'Toole and actually said they came to the meeting quite sceptical, but were already feeling more positive."

The owners also reportedly discussed other plans they have for the club in the future.

In a statement owners Atlas said: "We’ve had a resoundingly positive response from supporters and the community both in person and over social channels to all of the points tabled at yesterdays Fans Forum. 

"It was helpful for all present for us to be able to lay out the facts of the situation Worcester Warriors found itself in and present our rugby and community focused plans for the first time, which in turn has debunked a lot of untruths or speculation previously reported in both the press and across social media channels.

"We have been very open that there is some way to go in returning a sustainable rugby model at Worcester Warriors and as such have openly invited the supporters and wider community to be a part of that journey with us.

"Therefore for the supporters and community who were unable to attend in person we will be providing a report and video highlight w/c 20th February.

"With regards to the rugby plans at Sixways these remain subject to contract, consultation, membership approval and RFU agreement however we look forward to moving those discussions forward in a positive way with all key stakeholders in the weeks to come."