Wales delay naming of team

Gatland postpones team announcement for Twickenham

By Rachel Griffiths.   Last Updated: 30/01/10 1:24pm

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Gatland: Has delayed team announcement

Gatland: Has delayed team announcement

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Wales coach Warren Gatland is to delay the naming of his team for the RBS 6 Nations opener against England at Twickenham next Saturday.

The announcement follows the two-week ban handed to Ospreys full-back Lee Byrne on Friday.

Byrne has not yet decided whether to challenge the suspension after admitting a misconduct charge brought by European Rugby Cup disciplinary officer Roger O'Connor.

The full-back made a brief appearance as an illegal 16th player during Ospreys' Heineken Cup triumph over Leinster last weekend.

Byrne, who has until Monday to lodge any appeal, was likely to be included in the Wales starting XV at Twickenham, and Gatland has decided to postpone the announcement scheduled for Sunday.

Pending

"Head coach Warren Gatland had intended to name his side tomorrow, Sunday 31 January, but will now wait pending a possible appeal by Lee Byrne of an independent disciplinary committee decision to ban the player for a period of two weeks," said the Welsh Rugby Union in a statement.

"The ban was imposed yesterday, Friday 29 January, at a hearing in Dublin after misconduct complaints were brought by Heineken Cup tournament organiser ERC relating to the round six match of the competition between Ospreys and Leicester Tigers the previous week.

"Byrne has a period of 72 hours from the time the decision was made to lodge an appeal and is currently taking advice while based at national-team headquarters, the WRU national centre of excellence at the Vale Resort in Hensol.

"A new time and date for the team announcement will be issued when appropriate and no further comment will be made on the subject at this stage."

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