Trojans could lose points

A BREACH of Australian Rugby Union policy has left Lennox Head Rugby Club battling to keep the five points it earned in round one.

Through Far North Coast Rugby Union, the ARU provides that all players aged under 18 must be signed off by a level-two coach as being safe to play open-age rugby.

Scott Cardow, 17, sat on the bench through the Trojans’ 24-12 victory over the Pioneers last Saturday but was deemed an illegal player as he was not registered beforehand.

Cardow played much of last year in open-age rugby as a registered underage player but Lennox officials have been left red-faced after learning that FNCRU requires the younger brigade to be re-registered each year.

The club has lodged an appeal against the ruling, citing ignorance to the intricacies of the law.

Club president Barry Kiddle said his club wasn’t arguing the legitimacy of the law, more pleading for a reprieve as his office was genuinely unaware of the procedure.

“We registered the rest of our underage players as per the regulations,” Kiddle said.

“It was a simple error where we didn’t realise that Scott had to be registered again.”

FNCRU will convene on May 11 with the six board members and president to decide the club’s fate.

Lismore City was deducted five points after a similar breach last year.

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