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Moriarty answers to RFU panel.

MATT LESLIE 0191 201 6312 matthew.leslie@ncjmedia.co.uk FALCONS assistant Paul Moriarty is up before RFU beaks today to explain comments made by him with regard to the double-substitution of Kieran Brookes during half-time of the recent loss to Northampton.

Although Falcons were cleared of breaking law 3.12 regarding replacements, the RFU were concerned over the impression Moriarty gave which warranted the initial investigation.

Coach Alan Tait said: "Paul won't be around on Monday as everyone knows he has a certain meeting to attend at Twickenham. "He asked if I wanted to come along as well and I said no - I'm not sitting with him. Joking apart, I haven't a clue what they'll say to him.

"We didn't do anything wrong and it has gotten to the stage where Paul has to go down and get a talking to - plus he's got a long drive there and back.

"In all seriousness I don't think it was naivety on Paul's part. I think that like me he's just honest. His biggest mistake was that he knew what the situation was but didn't explain that on the TV.

"On these half-time interviews they just get fired at you and I don't think anybody in that situation expects to be interviewed. In Paul's case what he was trying to say just came out wrongly."

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 8, 2010
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