Richmond Women II Disqualified

Championship Cup title goes to Firewood Waterloo

Last Updated: Feb 13, 2016 04:32pm
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The Women’s Leagues Organising Committee has found Richmond FC in breach of two RFU Regulations and has consequently disqualified the Club’s second team from the 2015-16 Championship Cup, declaring Firwood Waterloo as winners.

The Committee found Richmond FC to have contravened Regulation 16.5.1 by selecting five players who were ineligible to play for Richmond II, and Regulation 16.7.1, for failing to submit their match squad for the Cup Final by 12noon on Saturday 30 January 2016. They won the final, which took place on Sunday 31 January 2016, 42-10.

As a result:

  1. Richmond II are disqualified and Firwood Waterloo declared the 2015-16 Championship Cup winners.
  2. Richmond II must return the trophy and medals.
  3. Firwood Waterloo will be presented with the trophy and winners medals.
  4. Richmond II will receive the runners up medals.
  5. In accordance with Regulation 16.11.3, Firwood Waterloo now have the opportunity to play off with the bottom placed team in the Premiership (Aylesford Bulls).

RFU Regulation 16.5.1 deals with the movement of players between teams within clubs and the Committee found that five players who were selected were ineligible to play, having represented Richmond I on more than eight occasions. 

In accordance with Regulation 16.7.1 Richmond FC were required to submit the Richmond II squad list to the RFU Rugby Events and Competitions Department by 12noon on Saturday 30 January 2016. The Richmond II squad list was not received until after the Championship Cup match was played. For this breach they were fined £20.00.

Pursuant to RFU Regulations 13.10.10, 16.14.3 and 19.13 Richmond may appeal the decision of the Organising Committee provided such party notifies the RFU Head of Discipline in writing within 14 days from the date upon which the written judgment was sent, 10 February 2016.

The full written decision can be found here.


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