Shannon RFC 'totally disappointed and disillusioned' with one point AIL deduction and fine

Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent

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Shannon RFC 'totally disappointed and disillusioned' with one point AIL deduction

Shannon RFC 'totally disappointed, disillusioned and strongly disagree' with IRFU decision to deduct them one All-Ireland League point

SHANNON RFC say they are 'totally disappointed, disillusioned and strongly disagree' with the IRFU decision to deduct them one All-Ireland League point.

At a recent meeting in Dublin with the IRFU Club Affairs Committee, Shannon confirmed they were deemed guilty of breaking Regulation 6, which covers the area of 'registration, eligibility, movement and payment of club players.'

In a statement issued this Wednesday, relegation-threatened Shannon RFC say they appealed this decision based on the severity of the sanction imposed.

The statement continues: "The player in question did not play for Shannon RFC in the AIL and did not receive payment in return for playing rugby for our club.

"On appeal, the decision was made to issue Shannon with a fine and to deduct one All-Ireland League point with immediate effect.

"Given the facts presented to the IRFU, Shannon RFC are totally disappointed, disillusioned and strongly disagree with the decision.

"Club rugby being our priority - we are aware that we have two very important matches ahead. We are now putting our focus towards finishing the league on a high and maintaining our status in Division 1A.

"We will not be commenting further on this issue and would like to ask all of our supporters to rally together and get behind the players and coaches."

The deduction of the point in the Division 1A table leaves Shannon sitting in the relegation play-off position in the table, now level on points with bottom side Terenure College.

Shannon trail great rivals Young Munster by two points in the table. The one point deduction imposed on the Parish side heightens the importance of the meeting of Young Munster and Shannon in the penultimate round of AIL regular season fixtures at Tom Clifford Park on Friday, April 5, 8pm, even more.

Shannon complete their programme of regular season AIL fixtures with a meeting against high flying Cork Constitution on the back pitch at Thomond Park on Saturday, April 13.

The club finishing bottom of AIl Division 1A at the end of the regular season faces automatic relegation to 1B, while the side finishing second-from-bottom will be involved in a relegation play-off.