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'Huge loss' - Rugby mourns passing of Cecil Duckworth


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Worcester Warriors president Cecil Duckworth has died at the age of 83 after a long illness, the club have announced.


During Duckworth’s reign the club climbed from Midlands Two into the Premiership and he also oversaw the significant development of the club’s Sixways ground.

Warriors co-owners Jason Whittingham and Colin Goldring said in a statement: “Everyone at Warriors is deeply saddened by the news of Cecil’s death.

“Our thoughts today are with Beatrice and the Duckworth family.

“His rugby legacy is an immense one and one that we are proud to have inherited.”

“Cecil has been a tremendous help to us over the last two years and a source of invaluable advice and guidance in his role as President.”

The club announced that they will hold a minute’s silence prior to next Saturday’s opening Gallagher Premiership match of the season against London Irish.


World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont wrote: “Sad to hear of Cecil Duckworth’s passing. A true gentleman, passionate about rugby and turned Worcester’s Premiership Rugby dream into a sustainable reality. He will be missed. Thoughts with his family and the Worcester Warriors community”

Former England flanker Tom Wood wrote: “Huge loss. A lovely man that gave so much to the game of rugby and the city of Worcester. Condolences to his family and all Worcester Warriors.”


The club tweeted: “We are deeply saddened to learn that our President Cecil Duckworth CBE passed away today aged 83.”

Luke Narraway wrote: “Such sad news about Cecil Duckworth. A huge influence on my generation coming through Worcester RFC minis. His generosity and interest in the next generation of mini/junior players paved the way for many to go on and realise their potential and dreams. Thank you Cecil.”

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'Huge loss' - Rugby mourns passing of Cecil Duckworth