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RFU Championship News Thursday 6th December 2012

Midweek news round-up from around the clubs and what the papers say.

RFURFU Statement Tuesday 4th December 2012

Plymouth Albion and Bristol Rugby appeared before an RFU Disciplinary Panel this evening, charged with conduct prejudicial to the interests of the Union or the game, contrary to Law 5.12, in the RFU Championship match between the clubs at Brickfields on Saturday November 24.

Both clubs pleaded guilty to the charge and received a deduction of 5 league points, suspended for 12 months from December 4 2012. Each club is required to pay £250 towards hearing costs.

The following hearings also took place following incidents in the same fixture:

Jason Hobson of Bristol Rugby was charged with acts contrary to good sportsmanship, contrary to Law 10.4(m). The player pleaded not guilty.

The citing was upheld. Hobson was given a 12 week ban and order to pay £250 towards hearing costs. He is free to play again on February 27 2013.

-Jack Andrew of Plymouth Albion was charged with punching or striking, contrary to Law 10.4(a). The player pleaded guilty.

Andrew was given a 3 week ban and ordered to pay £250 towards hearing costs. He is free to play again on December 16 2012, having already served a club ban imposed on November 24.

The Panel comprised Richard Charles (chair), Dan White and Mike Curling.


Bedford BluesSacha Harding faces an operation later this week to correct the dislocated left ankle he sustained against Leeds on Sunday.

The flanker, who has captained the side in the last two weeks, sustained the injury early in the second half and was carried off the field and taken straight to a Leeds hospital.

He will undergo surgery once the swelling has subsided and hopes to be transferred to Northampton hospital later this week.

He is likely to miss the rest of the season.

"It was a nasty incident," director of rugby Mike Rayer said. "He got trapped at the bottom of a ruck, It's a big blow for him as he was in his best form for a number of years. It's important we rally round him and support him the best we can."

Full Story www.bedfordshire-news.co.uk

Bristol Rugby

Bristol RugbyJason Hobson. RFU Statement Wednesday 5th December.

Jason Hobson of Bristol Rugby was cited following a complaint from Plymouth Albion that he bit centre Bevon Armitage on the arm – an act contrary to good sportsmanship Law 10.4(m) - in the RFU Championship fixture Plymouth Albion v Bristol Rugby played on November 24.

The player pleaded not guilty to the charge but the citing complaint was upheld.

Hobson was given a low entry point ban of 12 weeks for the offence and ordered to pay £250 costs.

The player is free to play again on 27 February 2013 and has the right to appeal.

Cornish Pirates

Cornish PiratesTwo outstanding members of Redruth's respected pack of forwards. Owen Hambly and back-rower Tom Duncan, have signed contracts with the Cornish Pirates.

The duo will train with the Pirates one day per week, which will develop their skill set still further and will be available for loan to Redruth to the end of the season.

Hambly, aged 25, who played for the Pirates back in 2006-07, played  for England at youth level and has also represented England Counties. Besides Redruth, he has also played for Truro and for the Cornish All Blacks.

Tom Duncan tops the National Two South try-scoring chart with 10 to his name this season.

He first played for Redruth at the age of 14 and made his senior debut in 2009. Still only 22 years of age he has tremendous potential and has blossomed at Redruth to fill the talisman role previously held by Kiwi Mark Bright, who is now at London Scottish.

Newcastle Falcons

Newcastle FalconsFollowing an internal disciplinary hearing held on Tuesday 4 December Newcastle Falcons have suspended James Hall from playing rugby for a period of two weeks.

Hall was found guilty of punching an opponent during the 31-15 victory over Plymouth Albion on Friday 30 November.

A club statement said: “The foul play by James Hall during last week’s game against Plymouth was unacceptable. James regrets his actions, and has shown a willingness to improve his future conduct.”

What The Papers Say

The Journal

JAMIE Helleur has given a glimpse into the psychology of Newcastle Falcons' promotion push, insisting the Championship leaders intend to 'demoralise' their opposition.

Driven on by a desire to crush everything in their path, Helleur revealed: "It becomes a mindset – call it arrogance or whatever – but whichever way you look at it you can't say it's a bad thing to go into every game expecting to win.

Full Story /www.journallive.co.uk

London Scottish

London ScottishLondon Scottish have been deducted 3 competition points for fielding an unregistered 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 will appeal the deduction at a hearing to take place next week


NottinghamWORLD Cup winner Ali Williams will never rule out a return to Nottingham Rugby.

The New Zealand lock, 31, has just signed a new one-year deal with Super 15 side The Blues.

But, on a visit to Meadow Lane yesterday, he said: "I thoroughly enjoyed my time here and to know that I have got a club here that I could maybe come back to is quite nice.

"I am never going to rule it out.

Full Story www.thisisnottingham.co.uk

Plymouth Albion

Plymouth AlbionPLYMOUTH Albion have signed two more players on dual-registration agreements from Premiership side Exeter Chiefs.

Lock Will Carrick-Smith will now be dual-registered with Albion having previously had a loan spell at the club.

Also joining Albion on a dual registration deal is much-travelled 23-year-old prop Alex Brown.

Brown joined Exeter in the summer from Albion's Championship rivals Doncaster Knights, for whom he made 19 starts last season.

Brown had previously played for Saracens, Bedford Blues, Blackheath and Old Albanians.

Full Story www.thisisplymouth.co.uk