Exeter Chiefs admit to fielding ineligible player

Aviva Premiership Rugby club Exeter Chiefs have admitted that to an “administrative error” that could lead to them having points deducted.

The club fielded winger Nemani Nadolo against Leeds when he was not eligible to play for the rugby club as the Premiership has a limit on the number of foreign players per squad.

Nadolo joined Exeter in January from Bourgoin and according to the Express and Echo the Fijian international used his Australian passport to register with the Chiefs when he could have been exempt from a quota if he had used a different passport.

Exeter Chiefs Boss Tony Rowe admitted to the error in a club statement.

Mr Rowe said: “Unfortunately during our Aviva Premiership fixture away to Leeds Carnegie on Sunday, April 3, Exeter Rugby Club inadvertently included three foreign players within our match-day squad, when official rules permit us to only include two players.

“This was partly down to a clerical error on the club’s part and we have now been asked by the RFU to submit to them our reasons for fielding three foreign players.”

“We are aware this will need to go before a disciplinary panel, which is likely to be held later this week, and we intend to co-operate fully with the authorities over this matter.

“As a club we hope the authorities take into account our previous good record and there was no intention on our part to try and gain any kind of unfair advantage.”

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