RUGBY Lions have been docked 30 points next season by the Rugby Football Union (RFU), and could be kicked out of the National League Two South competition altogether.
Because creditors of The Rugby Football Club (2011) Limited – the company set up by Mike Aland to run the club – were not paid within the six week deadline stipulated in the RFU regulations, the club will suffer an automatic penalty of 30 points. Due to the insolvency of the company, the RFU may also “impose conditions on Rugby Lions’ participation in RFU competitions in the 2012/13 season”.
The club was promoted to National League Two South earlier this year after winning every match last season.
Yesterday the RFU wrote to Rugby Lions warning that in order to participate in National League Two South next season, it must satisfy the RFU as to its ability to meet its obligations to third parties during the coming months.
The RFU hopes to confirm on August 20 whether those requirements have been met, and whether Rugby Lions will participate in National League Two South in the 2012/13 season. If Rugby Lions are not permitted to participate, National League Two South will continue with 15 clubs in 2012/13.
A statement from the RFU said: “The objective of the RFU as a National Governing Body is to support our clubs and keep players on the field in successful competitions, but we have a responsibility to establish that clubs operate in a sustainable manner.”
With the season due to start on September 1, a Rugby Lions spokesman said earlier this month that the club were working towards a tight deadline to fulfil the RFU’s requests and were confident they could do so. There has been no information released about a potential squad, although they say they are continuing to receive enquiries from players all over the world. Training is due to start on August 13.
As of yet, the Advertiser has been unable to contact anyone at Rugby Lions for a comment.