Updated: 02/07/2012 19:18 | By pa.press.net

London Welsh hail appeal victory



London Welsh captain Jon Mills (© left)

London Welsh captain Jon Mills (left) and chairman Bleddyn Phillips with their Championship trophy

London Welsh have branded their promotion into the Aviva Premiership, following a successful appeal, as a victory for the whole of sport.

The Championship winners had been barred from going up by the Rugby Football Union after they failed to meet the minimum standards required of a Premiership club. The appeal centred on the fact they were being blocked from playing at Oxford United's Kassam Stadium despite three existing Premiership teams cohabiting with football clubs.

The appeals panel concluded the so-called 'primacy of tenure' rule was void because it broke European and UK competition laws, and the club said: "This is not only a victory for London Welsh, its players, coaching staff and all its supporters but also for sport in general and the game of rugby union in particular, reinforcing the ethos and fundamental sporting ethic that the best team should receive the appropriate rewards."

London Welsh also made a strong play of the fact that promotion and relegation, wherever possible, should be decided on the field of play.

The verdict reached by panel chairman James Dingemans QC, Ian Mill QC and Tim Ward QC condemned Newcastle to the drop.

Newcastle, who have no provision to appeal the decision through rugby channels, kept their options open over a challenge through the courts. But the tone of the Falcons' reaction to the decision suggested they would look to rebuild in the Championship.

"We do not underestimate the competitiveness and challenges we face in the Championship but under the tutelage of Dean Richards we will have one, and only one goal - to win," the club said.

"Dean has been in this situation with Harlequins and he understands what it takes to navigate through the Championship, whilst putting together a team that will be successful with immediate effect on our return to the Aviva Premiership."

London Welsh need to step up their recruitment programme while the RFU's priority now is to instigate a review of the minimum standards criteria, or at least what is left of them.

Not for the first time in recent months, the governing bodies of elite rugby in England have been left red-faced.

2Comments
01/07/2012 10:34
avatar
Looks like justice gas been done at last. Maybe now the RFU will listen to the masses!!
03/07/2012 13:46
avatar
Right decision  but lucky for the exiles that there were 3 QCs adjudicating otherwise the incompetent RFU whose standards are more linked to the number of bottles of champers in your Twickers hamper would have blackballed them. Not sure that this promotion will do the club any good though as they are likely to become another bankrupt club and wont even have a pot to p**s in.
Report
Please help us to maintain a healthy and vibrant community by reporting any illegal or inappropriate behavior. If you believe a message violates theCode of Conductplease use this form to notify the moderators. They will investigate your report and take appropriate action. If necessary, they report all illegal activity to the proper authorities.
Categories
100 character limit
Are you sure you want to delete this comment?
10 reasons to make MSN UK your homepage (© Microsoft)

latest rugby news

  • Gareth Anscombe will hope to impress Wales head coach Warren Gatland, pictured,

    Cardiff Blues have announced the signing of Gareth Anscombe from Waikato Chiefs in New Zealand.

  • Gregor Townsend, pictured, has added Rossouw de Klerk to his Glasgow Warriors squad for next season

    Glasgow Warriors will complete the signing of South African prop Rossouw de Klerk from Super 15 side the Cheetahs subject to a visa and medical, the club has announced.

  • London Welsh head coach Justin Burnell, pictured, has added James Down to his squad

    London Welsh have announced the signing of Cardiff Blues lock James Down.

  • Team Wales attache Ryan Jones, right, believes rugby sevens is due for a huge surge in popularity around the world

    Former Wales captain Ryan Jones believes rugby sevens is ready to touch new heights through its exposure at the Commonwealth and Olympic Games.

  • England's Tom Mitchell is hoping to claim the scalp of the All Blacks in the Glasgow 2014 Rugby 7s

    England rugby sevens captain Tom Mitchell believes the odds are in his side's favour as they bid to dethrone the All Blacks and claim their first Commonwealth gold.

  • Magnus Lund has signed for Aviva Premiership club Sale Sharks following six years with Biarritz

    Sale Sharks have announced the signing of former England flanker Magnus Lund.

  • Aurelien Rougerie was one of three Clermont Auvergne players attacked by an armed gang on Sunday morning

    Three Clermont Auvergne players have been hospitalised after being attacked with machetes and swords as they walked back to their hotel early on Sunday morning, the French club have announced.

  • Francois Steyn's place kicking proved the difference as the Sharks beat the Highlanders

    Accurate kicking from Francois Steyn helped the Sharks subdue a spirited Highlanders fightback to secure a Super Rugby semi-final against the Crusaders.

  • Christian Lealiifano booted 12 points for the Brumbies

    The Brumbies booked their place in the Super Rugby semi-finals with a 32-30 win over the Chiefs, who saw their reign as champions ended in Canberra.

  • Handout photo provided by C1 Photography of Brian O'Driscoll during a photocall.

    Brian O'Driscoll might not be ready to become the Roy Keane of rugby punditry just yet but the former Ireland captain has no intentions of pulling any punches in his new role in front of the camera.

  • Simon Easterby has taken the role as forwards coach with Ireland

    Simon Easterby has been confirmed as Ireland's new forwards coach.

  • Mike Tindall is hanging up his boots

    Mike Tindall spurred England's class of 2003 to prolong their World Cup-winning generation beyond expectation, according to Phil Vickery.

  • Tom May, pictured, will continue as London Welsh's team captain for the forthcoming season

    Matt Corker and Tom May will continue their dual captaincy at London Welsh for the forthcoming season.

  • Head coach Justin Burnell has continued London Welsh's mass recruitment programme by capturing Tonga prop Eddie Aholeilei

    Tonga prop Eddie Aholeilei has signed for London Welsh, becoming the Aviva Premiership new boys' 22nd summer recruit.

  • Exeter look set to be without captain Dean Mumm for the start of the new Aviva Premiership season

    Exeter Chiefs captain Dean Mumm has undergone shoulder surgery and is set to miss the start of the Aviva Premiership season in September.