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Premiership Rugby Have Formally Charged Bath For Releasing Taulupe Faletau To Wales

Last week, it was reported that Bath could face disciplinary action from Premiership Rugby for releasing Taulupe Faletau to the Welsh squad for the fixture against the Springboks at the weekend. 

The reason for this is because Premiership Rugby has a policy in place to prevent non-English players from playing outside of international Test windows.

As you may have noticed, the fixture between Wales and South Africa on Saturday was the only international Test match to take place that weekend, all the other nations had completed their Autumn series the week beforehand.

A Premiership Rugby spokesperson said last week: “The policy of the Premiership Rugby clubs on releasing non-England players under World Rugby’s Regulation nine, i.e. only inside the Test windows, is still in place.”

Now, Premiership Rugby have released a statement this afternoon which says that they will investigate Bath for “allegedly breaching Premiership Rugby approved policies.”

Here is the full statement:

Premiership Rugby confirms that Bath Rugby have today been charged with allegedly breaching Premiership Rugby approved policies.

The allegation relates to the Premiership Rugby Board policy around international duty and specifically Taulupe Faletau being released outside the periods specified in World Rugby Regulation 9.

Bath Rugby have seven days to respond to the allegation and once that time has passed Premiership Rugby will issue a further update. Premiership Rugby will make no further comment until that time.

The Bath Chronicle originally ran with this story last week and it was understood that the English club could face a fine or even a points deduction if they are found guilty of breaching Premiership Rugby protocols.

As the statement says, Bath have a week to respond to the charge whereby the outcome of this situation will become more known.

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Author: Sean McMahon

Sean is Deputy Editor and head rugby writer. You can contact him by email [email protected] or on Twitter