London Welsh RFC are to appear before an RFU Competitions Hearing charged with fielding an ineligible player in a number of Aviva Premiership matches this season. The matter was brought to the RFU’s attention by London Welsh after the club conducted an internal investigation earlier this month.

The case relating to the registration of scrum half Tyson Keats will be heard on Tuesday, March 5 by a panel of Jeremy Summers (chairman), Premiership Rugby Chief Executive Mark McCafferty and Dr Julian Morris at the offices of Slater & Gordon, Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1HL.

The club’s former Rugby Manager Mike Scott is the subject of  a separate RFU Disciplinary Hearing relating to the registration of the same player and has been charged under RFU Rule 5.12  for ’conduct prejudicial to the interests of the Union or the Game’. That case will be heard at a later date.

The club would like to stress that no fault in this matter resides with the player.

London Welsh CEO Tony Copsey said: “This is obviously a serious matter which the club has not only brought to the attention of the RFU but is also working closely with the RFU to provide full cooperation whilst the case is being prepared and ultimately heard next week.

“Due to the sensitive nature and the impeding hearing the club is unable to make any further comment at this time.”