St Boswells have been disqualified from the RBS Bowl Final after breaching national competition rules. The Borders club fielded three ineligible players in the Bowl semi-final on Saturday 29 March against Glenrothes.
The Championship Committee, an independent panel made up of six elected representatives from the club game and an independent chairman, made its unanimous decision based on the evidence presented by St Boswells, at a hearing last night and also determined that the same competition rule had been breached in certain St Boswells matches in RBS East Regional League Division 3 and in the RBS East Regional Bowl final.
Therefore, St Boswells have been docked 13 league points, for fielding up to three ineligible players in three different league fixtures. The fixtures took place on Saturday 1 February v RDVC, Saturday 8 February v Gala YM and Saturday 15 March v RDVC.
The national competition rule that has been breached is 5.3.3. The Championship Committee’s decision was determined by national competition rule 5.5.1.
St Boswells now have a right to appeal.
The RBS Bowl Final takes place next Saturday (19 April) at Broadwood Stadium, Cumbernauld with Highland RFC confirmed finalists.