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Sale ace Arscott suspended over alleged leak of tactics to rivals

By Robert Jones

Sale wing Tom Arscott has been suspended by his club over an alleged leak of information to Bristol that is being investigated by the Rugby Football Union.

It emerged on Monday the RFU was investigating a complaint made by Sale regarding the "passing of information to the opposition team" ahead of the Aviva Premiership match against Bristol at the AJ Bell Stadium on New Year's Day, which the hosts lost 24-23.

Sale Director of Rugby Steve Diamond yesterday revealed Arscott - a former Bristol player, whose brother Luke is currently at Ashton Gate - has been suspended since January 4.

Diamond said: "We investigated it internally and we are going through a disciplinary, and under the regulations, we have to report it (to the RFU).

"It's now in the hands of the RFU. He is suspended."

Bristol released a statement which said they "are absolutely confident of no wrongdoing".

At a press conference, boss Mark Tainton read out a further statement, confirming that the Arscott brothers met the night before the January 1 match but insisting "nothing of any sporting value" had been passed on to Bristol's coaching staff.

He said: "Following the conversation between the brothers, nothing was said or passed to Bristol coaches of any sporting value, nor did it change the strategy in which we approached the game in any way, shape or form."

Neither of the Arscott brothers played in the match. Tom was not included in Sale's 23-man squad, while Luke was an unused replacement for Bristol.

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