Urgent update ahead of Week 8, Mitre 10 Heartland Championship
A New Zealand Rugby (NZR) Appeal Council today heard an appeal from Horowhenua Kapiti RFU, on behalf of eight Heartland Provincial Unions, of the decision of the NZR Board Panel regarding a breach by the West Coast RU of the NZR eligibility regulations.
The Board Panel last week found that a breach had been committed when West Coast fielded an ineligible player in the first four rounds of this year’s Mitre 10 Heartland Championship, and fined West Coast $4,000, with half of that fine being suspended for five years.
The Appeal Council, made up of Pamela Andrews CNZM (Chair), Sir Bryan Williams, and Michael Heron QC, upheld the Panel’s decision as to West Coast’s culpability for the breach, but varied the sanction imposed by substituting a deduction of six competition points for the financial penalty.
West Coast now sits in 10th place on the table on 11 points, with one round to play.
The updated points table, which will give you all a clear understanding of where everything is at.