Points Deduction for Cill Dara
After a Leinster Branch meeting on Thursday evening, it was confirmed that Cill Dara RFC first xv have been deducted 12 points in Division 1a of the Leinster Junior League for what the Leinster Branch website termed as a ‘transfer form irregularity’.
As a result of the decision, Cill Dara drop from fourth to eight in the league and are now two points behind Tullow in the standings having played a game more.
Cill Dara released the following statement on Friday.
“At a Competitions Committee hearing last night, Cill Dara Rugby Club were found guilty of a transfer form irregularity relating to one of their senior squad members.
Although it was an administrative error made earlier in the season, Cill Dara were deducted 12 points in Division 1A of the Leinster League and they were ordered to play their first Provincial Towns Cup tie next season away from home.
“Our Division 1A game against Wanderers tomorrow has now been postponed and has been refixed for Sunday 9th March.”
The Club also released a statement from 20113/14 president Conor Byrne.
“Cill Dara RFC notes the verbal decision of the Leinster Rugby Committee, which met last night to adjudicate on a clerical error made by Cill Dara RFC in the transfer of a player. Cill Dara RFC would like to thank the committee for the fair and professional manner in which the meeting took place.
“Cill Dara RFC also notes the deduction of twelve points from Cill Dara RFC in the Leinster League Division 1A. Cill Dara RFC also notes that the player in question is now clear to play with the club.
“Cill Dara RFC is awaiting the written decision of the committee. It will consider the findings over the weekend and a decision on an appeal will not be taken till then. Cill Dara RFC will not be making any further comment on this issue until this decision has been taken.”
What this all means….
The disappointment within the club is no doubt enormous as they were in the midst of a hugely impressive campaign having won four of their last five to pull clear of relegation trouble and all but guaranteeing All Ireland Cup rugby next year.
Now they find themselves bottom of the table on 17 points, two behind Tullow who play their game in hand against Dundalk this Sunday. A win for Tullow in that fixture will see Cill Dara automatically relegated.
As a result of Cill Dara’s involvement in relegation issues now, their final game of the campaign with Wanderers has to be moved back to March 9th meaning their outstanding Towns Cup tie with Midland Warriors will now take place on March 16th.
Updated League Table