Tuesday, 01 December 2020

Bulls side bannedfrom cup

HENLEY Rugby Club’s second team has been banned from taking part in this year’s Oxfordshire Cup.

HENLEY Rugby Club’s second team has been banned from taking part in this year’s Oxfordshire Cup.

The Henley Bulls are unable to take part as they fielded an ineligible player during last season’s competition.

Second-row forward James Scaife played for Henley in a 28-5 defeat by Banbury Bulls in the cup final in April even though he had already played for Oxford University Greyhounds in an earlier round of the competition.

Doug Bosley, Oxfordshire Rugby Football Union’s chairman of competitions, confirmed that Scaife had been “cup-tied” and so Henley had been barred from this season’s competition.

Aubrey Doran, Henley Rugby Club’s director of player administration, said the club had asked Scaife if he had already played in the cup and he said “no”. He added: “There is no way of checking that because players don’t need to be registered. It’s not like the first team, where the players are registered with the Rugby Football Union. Unfortunately, because the player had played in the competition we have been suspended from it for one year. We have to take it on the chin and accept that we were in breach.”





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