The News Review:
- Harlequins Chief Richards Quits In Wake f Fake Injury
- Best to miss all the Heineken Cup campaign
- Wasps remain in Challenge Cup
Harlequins Chief Richards Quits In Wake f Fake Injury
New York Times
The ERC said in a statement Williams had appealed on Saturday against the length of the ban. “The club feels strongly that the severity of the sanction meted out to Tom Williams is unfair and disproportionate” Harlequins said. Quins begin their Premiership campaign against Wasps at Twickenham on September 5 and have been drawn in pool 5 of the Heineken Cup against three times champions Toulouse last year’s beaten semi-finalists Cardiff and English rivals Sale. (Editing by Ken Ferris).
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Best to miss all the Heineken Cup campaign
European Rugby Cup
Following recent pain and subsequent medical investigation it has been discovered that the Ireland hooker is suffering from an underlying chronic disc injury on his neck which requires surgery and a lengthy recovery period of between 9 and 12 months. Ulster’s perations Director David Humphreys commented:”bviously losing Rory at the start of the season is a huge blow for us not only is he our No. 1 hooker but also our captain and one of the most experienced players in the squad. However what is most important is Rory’s long term health and welfare and there’s no reason not to expect him to return fully to rugby post surgery and rehabilitation next season. “The timing of this injury presents difficulties as most players are contracted for the 09-10 season.
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Wasps remain in Challenge Cup
Bucks Free Press
That means Wasps who were in line to take their place in the tournament will remain in the European Challenge Cup this season. Quins were found guilty of faking an injury to Tom Williams in their Heineken Cup quarter final with Leinster last season. At a second disciplinary hearing in Glasgow yesterday Williams’ ban was reduced from 12 months to four months Quins fine was upped from £296k half suspended to £259k to be paid in full while director of rugby Dean Richards has been banned for coaching for three years.