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Appeal date set for Exiles

Richmond-based club looking to play games at Kassam Stadium

Last Updated: 05/07/12 5:16pm

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London Welsh: Initially denied promotion despite winning Championship final

London Welsh: Initially denied promotion despite winning Championship final

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London Welsh's appeal against the decision to deny them promotion to the Aviva Premiership is scheduled to be heard on June 21.

The Exiles won this season's Championship after beating Cornish Pirates in the two-legged final, though they already knew by then that they would not be going up.

The Richmond-based club were informed just hours before the first game kicked off that they did not meet the minimum standards criteria set down by English rugby's Professional Game Board for Premiership entry.

London Welsh played the final's second leg at the Kassam Stadium in Oxford, which is thought to be their preferred venue should they gain top-flight status.

Falcons saved

As things stand, Newcastle will remain in the Premiership next term despite finishing bottom. However, should London Welsh succeed in overturning the original decision that went against them, the Falcons will be relegated.

In a statement, the RFU said: "The Rugby Football Union has today received London Welsh's appeal against the decision that the club failed to meet the minimum standards criteria set out by the Professional Game Board for promotion to the Aviva Premiership.

"It is proposed that the appeal hearing, which will take place before an independent panel, will be held on June 21 at the London Bloomsbury Hotel.

"An expedited timetable has been agreed with London Welsh, with the proposed date of June 21 the earliest possible time to allow for the exchange of cases and evidence.

"During the appeal, no further comment will be made."

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