Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Exiles await RFU ruling

Tyson Keats appeared in 10 games for which he was unregistered

London Welsh are set to resume Aviva Premiership action on Saturday without knowing the result of their appeal against a five-point deduction.

Although the appeal hearing was held in London on Thursday, a three-man panel chaired by Gareth Rees QC is now considering its decision.

It is understood the outcome of the club's appeal will be made public early next week.

London Welsh appealed the five-point deduction, a £15,000 fine and further five-point penalty suspended until the end of next season that was imposed by a panel of inquiry earlier this month.

It followed the appearance of scrum-half Tyson Keats in 10 Premiership games this season when he was ineligible.

New Zealand-born Keats was working illegally because he did not have the correct visa.

Mike Scott, the club's former team manager, had made a mistake when he applied for Keats' ancestry visa and instead of re-submitting the forms he attempted to cover it up.

Scott told the club that a visa had been granted and he submitted false documents to the Rugby Football Union, including a forged passport, in a bid to pass Keats off as having been born in England.

Scott was subsequently banned for life by the RFU.

London Welsh visit Gloucester on Saturday, now two points adrift at the Premiership basement behind Sale Sharks with five games left.

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