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Moseley win competitions appeal

31 March 2009

A RUGBY Football Union competitions panel tonight upheld Moseley's appeal against a decision by First Division Rugby that they should complete all their outstanding matches in National League One by April 25.

The RFU panel ruled that FDR had breached their own regulations by instructing Moseley to play matches in midweek, before the final scheduled round of league games, without their consent.

FDR regulations state that matches should be played on Saturdays, Sundays or on Bank Holidays. Matches should only be played in midweek with the agreement of both clubs.

The panel also upheld Moseley's appeal because the season, as stated in RFU Game Regulation 6.1, extends to May 25 and clubs have a responsibility to maintain their squads until that date.

Moseley have a backlog of three fixtures caused by two postponements earlier in the season and their reaching the final of the EDF Energy National Trophy.

Their game against Plymouth Albion has now been rescheduled for April 28, but will only be played in midweek with Plymouth�s consent. If Plymouth do not agree, the match will be played on May 16.

Moseley�s postponed match at London Welsh will now be played on May 2 and their game at Otley on May 9.

The RFU panel sat at the London Bloomsbury Holiday Inn Hotel and comprised His Honour Judge Jeff Blackett (chairman), Robert Horner and Peter Budge.