19 May, 11:13
There are six uncapped players in the Ireland squad for the summer tour to North America that was named this morning. An Emerging Ireland squad has also been selected for the Tblisi Cup in Georgia.
"The Disciplinary Committee, chairman Peter Boyle (Ireland), Jack Kirwan (Ireland) and Mick Dickson (England) upheld the misconduct complaint that the Agen club contrived to achieve a particular result thereby bringing the PARKER PEN SHIELD tournament and the game of rugby into disrepute and imposed the following sanctions on Agen:"
a) a fine of EURO 20,000 (twenty thousand euro),
b) Agen be banned from participation in competitions organised by ERC (European Rugby Cup Ltd) for seasons 2002/2003 and 2003/2004,
c) costs of the hearing.
Agen have the right of Appeal.