Gloucester allowed five points after Worcester Warriors canceled March Premiership game | Rugby Union News


Gloucester move up to fifth in the Gallagher Premiership – just two points behind Exeter Chiefs with a game less; Independent panel finds Worcester Warriors absences for canceled game at Kingsholm in March unrelated to Covid-19

Last update: 21/04/22 17:39

Gloucester’s play-off hopes have been boosted with the club picking up five points following Worcester Warriors’ decision to forfeit the March Premiership game

Gloucester’s play-off hopes were boosted after the club picked up five points and a 20-0 victory following Worcester Warriors’ decision to cancel last month’s Gallagher Premiership game.

Worcester were unable to field the required six front row players for the clash at Kingsholm on March 25, but the independent panel found those absences to be unrelated to Covid-19.

Gloucester’s five-point run takes them from seventh to fifth in the Premiership and just two points behind fourth-placed Exeter Chiefs.

A Premiership Rugby spokesman said: “Rule 4.4(j)(iii) states: where failure to play a Premiership League match is due to players being unavailable due to injury or an unavailability (which is not related to Covid-19), the match result will be 20-0 and five league points will be awarded to the opposing club who could play the match.

“A reasoned decision will follow as soon as possible, and hopefully within the next week.

“This reasoned decision will incorporate this decision; and, for the avoidance of doubt, the time limit for appeal under Article 14.2 will begin to run from the date of this reasoned decision.”

A statement from Worcester read: “The Warriors respect the process and decision reached by the independent panel convened by Sports Resolutions. We will await publication of the full reasoned decision before making further comment.”

Gloucester said: “We are grateful to the independent panel which has carried out a thorough investigation into this matter.

“Gloucester Rugby will continue to liaise with Premiership Rugby following the release of the full judgment to determine next steps on compensation.

“We look forward to turning our attention to the key matches ahead of us as we approach the end of the season playing in three competitions.”




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