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RFU rule against the Pertemps Bees

PERTEMPS Bees will line up in National Two next season as their long-awaited appeal was dismissed by the Rugby Football Union this week.

PERTEMPS Bees will line up in National Two next season as their long-awaited appeal was dismissed by the Rugby Football Union this week.

Months of uncertainty about which division they would start the 2009 season in were cleared up after a competition panel refused to award them the three points docked from their opponents.

The appeal related to a National One league game in January against Cornish Pirates. The South-West Country outfit failed to field enough front row forwards in their squad, leading to uncontested scrums when their prop was sin-binned.

However as the Bees were 'battering them in the scrum' according to honorary secretary Mr Muir they became 'seriously disadvantaged'.

As a result First Division Rugby deducted Pirates three of the four points they took from the victory after they were found to be in breach of league regulations on the implementation of uncontested scrums.

However, Bees' claim to be awarded three additional points was rejected.

Frustrated coach, Russell Earnshaw blasted the RFU for the length of time they took to come to a decision and felt it was a 'complete shambles'.

"I'm not particularly happy that we had to wait five months for a decision when it took them (RFU) only five minutes to review the situation.

"If they are thinking about turning into a professional league then it needs to be professionally run."

Earnshaw admitted that 'life goes on' and he now has to face up to the fact of National Two rugby next season.

"We are expanding as a club, and it's a good move becoming a full-time side," he explained.

Preparation for next season now begins and pre-season training has already started.

The club are working very closely with the community and are encouraging youngsters to get involved with the club.

For more information contact the club or visit www.beesrugby.co.uk .

 

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