Saracens in the dock with rugby officials again

Saracens have had one competition point in the pool stages deducted in the Anglo Welsh LV= Cup for playing an “illegal player”.


Saracens named Tom Ryder on the bench against Scarlets on January the 29th and it was discovered by the LV= Cup Organising Committee that the player was unregistered.


Playing an unregistered player is a breach of LV= Cup Regulation 4.1.1 but Saracens have put it down to an administrative error and have co-operated fully with the Rugby Football Union.


RFU Competitions Manager Chris Burns told Rugbyworld, “This was entirely an administration error on Saracens’ part and there was absolutely no intention to cheat or gain any advantage over the opposition in the selection of Tom Ryder.”


“He had recently returned from a spell with Glasgow Warriors and the Club had forgotten to re-register him.”


“Saracens have been fully compliant with providing an explanation for the error.”


“While we recognise that the club are now out of the LV= Cup it remains a breach of regulation.”


Over the last two seasons Saracens have now been in trouble with the RFU for a Premiership matter, the ERC over a Heineken Cup matter and this most recent problem completes the trio of tournaments that Saracens participate in.

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