JRFC points deduction06/10/2011
Jersey RFC regret to announce that five points have been deducted from the club's 2011/12 league tally following a breach of RFU Competition Regulation 13.4.3 covering the number of foreign players appearing in a match-day squad.
Paul Rodgers, Kingsley Lang and Ashley Elphinston all featured in Jersey's 19-16 defeat at Cinderford on October 1st. With all three players categorised as 'foreign' on the agreed registration list, Jersey had one more than the permitted maximum.
Following an admission of guilt in this matter, Jersey have been immediately and automatically subjected to the deduction, the minimum sanction for this offence, by the Rugby Football Union's National Clubs Association (NCA), the competition authority for SSE National League One.
"We were aware of the regulation but it hasn't been an issue for us this season with Ashley not featuring in our first five matches," explained Chairman Bill Dempsey. "He came into the frame on Friday a few hours before we travelled to the UK, following a training injury to Jim Brownrigg the previous evening, and subsequently played for us as a substitute against Cinderford.
"A number of those involved at the club could have realised the potential implications of this issue, but with the squad changing at late notice we failed to do this and now realise that we were wrong.
"I've no intention of having an inquest into this matter, it is a genuine mistake for which we are collectively responsible as a club, and we now have to accept our punishment and move on - this is something I know Ben Harvey and our squad will be looking to do so at the first opportunity when they return to action on Saturday."
As part of the ruling by the NCA, expected, the result of the Cinderford game will stand, including the losing bonus point gained by Jersey.