Wasps handed fine after fielding too many loan players in London Irish defeat

Wasps have been punished after playing too many loan players in last month’s Anglo-Welsh Cup game against London Irish.

Wasps played six loan players, rather than the permitted three, in the round-three match on January 27, which they lost 66-7.

They have been given a £2,500 fine, suspended until the end of the Anglo-Welsh season 2018/19, the Rugby Football Union announced on Wednesday night.

Aidan O’Brien, the single judicial officer who heard the case on papers, said: “The appeal chairman found that the breach was a consequence of an administrative oversight on the part of the club and that there was no intention by the club to gain an unfair advantage over the opposition in selecting a prohibited number of loan players.

“The electronic match card system did not flag up the club’s error during the registration process, which was regrettable.

“However the club ultimately remains responsible for compliance with the regulations, which it at all times accepted.

“As Wasps have no further fixtures in this competition, the chairman determined that a financial penalty was the appropriate sanction in this case.

“The club was fined £500 for the first additional loan player and £1,000 for each additional loan player thereafter (a total fine of £2,500).”

Meanwhile, Gabiriele Lovobalavu has been suspended for four weeks after he was found guilty by an RFU independent disciplinary panel of a dangerous tackle on Exeter’s Sam Hill during last Sunday’s match.