Wasps second XV disqualified by UAERF

Matt Jones - Editor 18:08 25/01/2015
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Walking wounded: Xodus Wasps were disqualified by the UAERF after they forfeited three Conference games this season.

Xodus Wasps chairman Craig Gibson insists the club will re-enter its second team into competition next season after they were disqualified from the Sport360° UAE Conference.

The UAE Rugby Federation took the decision yesterday after Wasps forfeited three Conference games this season.

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While Gibson said the club accepted the Federation’s ruling, he described it as “over-zealous”.

“We’ve actually only forfeited two games, against Al Ain 1sts and Arabian Knights,” he said.

“Another game between us and Abu Dhabi Harlequins 2nds was deemed as being forfeited, even though both teams were in the process of rearranging the fixture.

“The forfeited games have been down to a number of injuries, primarily in the front row.

Xodus Wasps will now focus on challenging their 1st XV to perform well for the remainder of it's Gulf Conference games.

“We know rules are rules, although I don’t think this has been completely necessary and has been a bit over-zealous, but long-term we don’t see it being an issue and we will be re-entering a second team next season.”

In a statement, the UAE RF said: “Xodus Wasps has been disqualified for non-compliance with Federation’s regulation and clause: Effect of forfeiture of three or more matches. The Federation will circulate the updated Conference standings to all participants on Monday, January 26, including points allocation to Xodus Wasps’ opponents up to the end of the season.”

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