As both clubs push for a change to the schedule to avoid long gaps between the fixture Worcester and Bath are set to receive approval from Premiership Rugby to bring forward their last-round clash at Sixways from June 4 to May 14 – amid growing unrest about open weekends at the end of the season.
It is understood that both clubs have pushed for a schedule change to avoid long gaps between fixtures. Worcester will have no game in May if they don’t reach the Premiership Cup Final, while Bath has two fallow weekends before facing London Irish at The Rec on May 21.
Sources have indicated that PRL is expected to approve the common-sense solution because it doesn’t impact other clubs. For example, Bath and Worcester occupy the bottom two places in the Premiership table, but they are not fighting for survival in the absence of relegation. Furthermore, very little is riding on the outcome of their match, which means there is no necessity to ensure it goes ahead at the same time as the other last-day fixtures taking place on June 4.