Midweek news and comment from around the clubs and what the papers say.
RFU Statement Thursday 13th December 2012
RFU Championship club London Scottish lost their appeal last night against the deduction of 3 competition points for fielding an ineligible player, Alexander Mackenzie, in the league fixture vs. Plymouth Albion on Friday 9 November.
The player was on loan to Rosslyn Park and therefore not Effectively Registered with London Scottish.
The club remains in 9th place in the league table, now with 17 points.
RFU Statement Tuesday 11th December 2012
RFU Disciplinary hearing: Brett Davey, Doncaster Knights
Doncaster Knights Director of Rugby Brett Davey appeared before an RFU Disciplinary Panel last night, charged with verbally abusing a match official, conduct prejudicial to the interests of the Union or the game (contrary to Law 5.12) in the RFU Championship fixture, Doncaster Knights vs Bedford Blues on Friday November 9. He pleaded guilty to the charge.
Davey was given a six week touchline ban suspended for a two year period, up to and including November 19 2014. No costs were ordered.
The panel comprised Mike Hamlin (chair), Ian Unsworth QC and Cliff Barker.
Bedfordshire On Sunday:
Sacha Harding ready to face injury setback head on.
Sacha Harding has vowed to return fitter and stronger before the end of the season despite undergoing surgery last week to repair an injury that left his ankle facing in the wrong direction.
“I heard a crack,” Harding said. “It was like a tree snapping in my leg. I looked down and saw my ankle facing in the wrong direction. I was in too much pain to pass out. It was quite surreal and the pain was quite intense. I think shock eventually took over and I was quickly given some gas and air. After that I didn’t know what was going on.”
The Bedford Blues stalwart, who is in his 12th season with the club, had a plate and screws inserted into his left leg last Friday morning to stabilise a lower leg fracture and a dislocated left ankle.
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A full-back/fly-half, the Cornwall U20s Player of the Year in 2011-12 has been a star for them again this season.
Described by coach Tom Rawlings as “a wonderful talent”, he pulled the strings and scored 24 points in the team's recent 69-0 demolition of Somerset.
The young try-scoring machine, who has been playing for St. Ives in the Cornwall & Devon league this season, has also previously played for the Pirates Amateurs and the Cornish All Blacks who he will now be rejoining on loan for the start of the New Year.
Commenting on the latest acquisition to the squad, Cornish Pirates head coach Ian Davies said: “Kyle has been training with us for the last three weeks and has impressed not only with his work ethic but also his willingness to learn.
He has obviously got natural talent and the aim now is for us to develop his conditioning and rugby know-how to a level where he can challenge for a shirt.
Kyle is another local player who, in co-operation with their club, is being given the opportunity to experience professional rugby.”
Charlie has represented England at Under 16 level. As well as playing in Academy and 'A' League matches for Tigers he also made loan appearances for Nottingham and Loughborough Students in 2011/12.
Jersey's Director of Rugby, Ben Harvey, said It's great to strengthen our squad with a talented player like Charlie, who I believe is a rugby player on the point of realising his considerable potential,"
"The club has had an attritional season so far with our fair share of injuries, and there have been occasions when we have been without a specialist hooker on the bench, so an extra option in that department will be a definite asset."
Leeds Carnegie will give a debut to University of Leeds student Alex Lozowski this Saturday in their latest British & Irish Cup game at Pontypridd with the 19-year-old player hoping to get his break in professional rugby union having been part of the Chelsea FC academy until he was 16.
The Economics-student will start at Pontypridd having been a travelling reserve on three occasions for the first team already this season.
Lozowski is the son of former Wasps and England centre Rob Lozowski, who gained his only cap for England against the Grand Slam-winning Australians in 1984 on the same day that Stuart Barnes, Gareth Chilcott, Nigel Melville and Nigel Redman also made their England debuts.
Alex was a member of Wasps Academy until moving to Leeds last year to study at the University of Leeds but a broken leg put his rugby career temporarily on hold.
Lozowski was in the same Chelsea Academy side as Great Britain sprinting sensation Adam Gemili and he admits that the chance to pursue a professional sporting career is a second chance that he wants to grab with both hands.
“The whole football thing meant you had to commit to it fully and forget about your education, that was a risk my family and I were not prepared to take.
I wanted to go to university and give myself options, if I can balance both by doing well at uni and progress with my rugby that would be the dream situation but I have to keep my feet on the ground and make sure that I just focus on Saturday.
Leeds Rugby are inviting supporters to join them for a special service at Headingley Carnegie on Saturday 15th December to remember loved ones and consecrate the new playing surface at the stadium.
For over a century, supporters have had their ashes scattered or buried at the stadium until the installation of a memorial garden at the stadium nearly a decade ago.
This winter has seen the club embark on a £1 million project to reconstruct the pitch at the stadium, which was the oldest pitch in top flight professional sport in the country.
The old pitch is being recycled and will form part of a substantial area of green space on the Tetley's brewery site in Leeds City Centre, giving residents and visitors a valuable outdoor space.
Commenting on the arrangements, Chief Executive Gary Hetherington said, "Unfortunately it was an impossible task to contact all the families of those who have had the ashes of their loved ones scattered on the pitch over the years before we began the work because records were simply not kept.
However, we have taken a sample of earth from the old pitch and, as part of the service, Rev Mitchell will intern the soil as a token of those who have found their final resting place at Headingley Carnegie.
We were also conscious that the earth that was removed from the stadium was used appropriately and we are delighted that it will form part of a park for the residents of Leeds with so many memories attached to it.
In the last four weeks reality has certainly caused considerable stress at Billesley Common as the pre-and-early season optimism that Moseley could punch above their financial weight has been exposed as misplaced.
With a squad cut to ribbons by injuries, without a league win at home all season and without a victory anywhere since September 28, these are indeed stressful times for coaches Kevin Maggs and Dave Hilton.
But then the suspicion also remains that Maggs is paying in spades for recruiting so many young and unproven forwards in the summer. Financially his hands are tied, there is simply not the money to have two experienced tightheads in his squad, yet where Mose were last season able to turn to Marshall Gadd and Colin Quigley when Voisey broke his arm, this year it's been Stef Thorp, Chas Meddick and whichever Northampton prospect is available.
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Thomas is a 24 years-old second rower who has plenty of Championship experience, having spent last season at London Scottish and at 6’ 5” and weighing 16½ stone, he will add plenty of physicality to the Titans pack.
Thomas said of his arrival at Clifton Lane, “I know Alex Codling really well, having been coach by him during my spells at London Welsh, Barking and London Scottish.
When Alex offered me the opportunity to come to Rotherham I didn’t need much time to make up my mind.
“I’m delighted to be here and to play full time professional rugby is what I really want to be doing. Hopefully I can impress in training and become part of the match day squad.”
Titans Head Coach Alex Codling is equally pleased to have brought in a fresh face, “I know Ben very well and his experience at Championship level will mean he can add value to what we are trying to achieve. Ben is a very promising player who will also add competition to our second row department.”