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Bees' protest alerts Union.

Byline: Brian Dick

MOSELEY have played down the suggestion of any wrongdoing after Bees made a complaint to the RFU about player registration.

The Sharmans Cross outfit are upset that Moseley and Coventry were given special dispensation by the governing body to sign front row players after the transfer deadline had passed.

But after originally giving their permission the Union have now asked the Midlands rivals for more information on the deals that took prop Jack Gilding from Worcester to Billesley Common and hooker Joe Merrigan back to Butts Park.

Gilding started against Rotherham on March 27 and Bees claim that Moseley didn't need him because they already had front-rowers Yann Thomas, Terry Sigley and Dan Oselton on the bench.

Merrigan played against Moseley the following week having returned from Ireland to cover the No.2 shirt when Ross McMillan was struck down with an Achilles injury.

In the end McMillan started his team's 6-3 victory, with Merrigan coming off the bench, but Bees contend Cov had other players that meant dispensation was not required.

For their part Moseley are adamant they needed tighthead Gilding and point to the fact Sigley was unfit and when he did come on against Titans and that he lasted just a few minutes before being withdrawn again. They also insist Sigley's rib injury has meant he has not played since and claim that youngster Yann Thomas is a loosehead.

Nevertheless, the RFU want to hear from Mose and Cov about the circumstances surrounding the respective registrations.

"We are aware of concerns expressed by a particular club around the registration by Moseley and Coventry of some additional front row players from other clubs after the transfer deadline," said Peter Thomas, RFU director of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs. "In this instance we are being asked to investigate whether those clubs might have been able to fulfil the fixtures without the transfers and we have asked the clubs against whom the allegations have been made to provide us with information to allow us to make a decision on the next steps."

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Date:Apr 16, 2010
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