Following today’s announcement that London Welsh’s appeal against a point deduction for fielding an ineligible player has been turned down, the club has its say on the news that sees them five points adrift at the bottom of the Premiership:

London Welsh RFC is extremely disappointed by the Independent Appeal Panel’s decision to uphold the five-point deduction and £15,000 fine against the club, with regard to the charge that it fielded an ineligible player, Tyson Keats, in ten Aviva Premiership matches this season.

However, the club welcomes the Panel’s decision to remove the suspended five-point penalty imposed until the end of the 2013-14 season, and believes that this action justifies its decision to appeal.

The club also believes that this cause of action was necessary to restore the good name of the London Welsh RFC, as once it became clear what had happened, the club made every effort to “remedy the situation” and did not, at any stage, deliberately attempt to deceive the RFU. A point acknowledged by the panel in their findings.

The club maintains, however, that it has ultimately been punished for the completely unnecessary fraudulent actions of one individual, whose actions the panel accepted “could not have been predicted”.

“The club is hugely disappointed by the decision of the Independent Appeal Panel to uphold the five-point deduction for this season,” said London Welsh CEO Tony Copsey.

“We are particularly disappointed for the players, who’ve given everything they can for the club, and ultimately it is they who have been punished for something completely beyond their control.

“However, there are still four games remaining in the season and the focus and efforts of the players, the coaching staff and everyone at London Welsh is now on those remaining matches.”

 

Edinburgh Rugby are incentivising sign-ups to local kids’ rugby camps with a new ‘Dad and Lad’ ticket offer this Easter.

Every boy or girl taking part in one of the 13 partnered, capital city rugby camps will receive a voucher for a free child and adult ticket for the club’s next match at Murrayfield Stadium against Connacht on Friday 12th April, kick off at 19:30.

Instead of hosting their own kids’ camp at Murrayfield, the club’s players have been divided among the capital city camps to help promote and deliver the local rugby sessions.

Speaking on the first day of the Boroughmuir Easter camp, Edinburgh Rugby wing, Sep Visser – who is drafted to the RBS Premiership club – said: “So many local clubs are big supporters of Edinburgh Rugby so it’s great to give something back, help promote their camps and drive up participation and memberships at the clubs.

“Some of the camps are already underway but there’s still plenty of time to sign up and have a great time during the school holidays this Easter.”

All of the camps make sure that rugby is fun across all levels and abilities, while focussing on basic techniques of passing, tackling, running and support play.

All participants will receive coaching from qualified, disclosure-checked coaches, an Edinburgh Rugby junior supporters pack, a free child and adult ticket to Edinburgh Rugby v Connacht at Murrayfield Stadium (Friday 12 April, kick-off 7.30pm) and the opportunity to meet and join in fun activities with Edinburgh Rugby players.

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