London Welsh must wait to learn the outcome of their appeal against RFU ruling

Last Updated: 21/03/13 10:07pm

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Tyson Keats: Played in 10 Aviva Premiership games while ineligible

Tyson Keats: Played in 10 Aviva Premiership games while ineligible

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London Welsh are still waiting to learn whether they will receive a points deduction and £15,000 fine after an appeal hearing failed to reach a decision.

The Aviva Premiership club were hoping to hear their fate after being punished for fielding an ineligible player, but the Rugby Football Union announced that a three-man panel will now consider its decision, which will be "communicated in due course".

London Welsh appealed a panel of inquiry's decision earlier this month to deduct them five league points, issue a fine and impose a further five-point deduction suspended until the end of next season.

Severe action was taken after scrum-half Tyson Keats played in 10 Premiership games this season without being eligible and this deduction left Welsh bottom of the table, two points behind Sale Sharks with five games left.

Mike Scott, the former London Welsh team manager, has been banned for life from rugby after he admitted supplying false information regarding Keats, including a forged passport, to the RFU.

London Welsh have argued they should not be blamed for fraudulent behaviour conducted by Scott, who was described in the original judgement as a "rogue employee".

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