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Exeter reveal 'error' over player

Exeter have revealed the nature of the "administrative error" that could cost the Aviva Premiership club a points deduction.

The Chiefs on Sunday said that a mistake had been made in fielding Fijian winger Nemani Nadolo, who joined the club from Bourgoin in January, although the club did not say which fixture the error had occurred at.

Nadolo was withdrawn from the squad to face Bath at The Rec on Saturday after the issue came to light and the club have confirmed they fielded three foreign players in their matchday 22 in the defeat to Leeds Carnegie on Sunday, April 3. Premiership rules state that clubs may pick no more than two foreign players in their squad.

Chief executive Tony Rowe said in an Exeter statement: "Unfortunately during our Aviva Premiership fixture away to Leeds Carnegie on Sunday, April 3, Exeter Rugby Club inadvertently included three foreign players within our matchday squad, when official rules permit us to only include two players.

"This was partly down to a clerical error on the club's part and we have now been asked by the RFU to submit to them our reasons for fielding three foreign players.

"We are aware this will need to go before a disciplinary panel, which is likely to be held later this week, and we intend to co-operate fully with the authorities over this matter.

"As a club we hope the authorities take into account our previous good record and there was no intention on our part to try and gain any kind of unfair advantage."

An RFU spokesperson told Press Association Sport: "The RFU can confirm that it has been looking into the registration of Nemani Nadolo.

"Exeter Chiefs have fully co-operated with us throughout and we will keep them fully informed while the matter is concluded."


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