Cardiff University controversially kicked out of Cup by WRU a week …

Cardiff University RFC have been kicked out of the WRU National Bowl just a week before they were due to appear in the final at Principality Stadium.

An independent panel ruled the University had breached the competition’s player eligibility rules in their 32-12 win over Pembroke in last month’s semi-final.

Pembroke had lodged a complaint and will now replace the University team in next weekend’s final against Porthcawl.

The WRU had initially ruled that Cardiff Uni would keep their place following a hearing over a week ago but, following an appeals process, that has now been overruled.

A WRU statement said: “Cardiff University have been replaced by their semi-final opponents Pembroke in the National Bowl Final (Sunday 29 April, Principality Stadium) after an independent panel ruled they had breached the competition’s eligibility rules.

“Pembroke, whose Youth team will compete in today’s National Youth Plate Final v Tondu (Principality Stadium, 1.15pm) will face Porthcawl in next week’s National Bowl Final (1pm).”

It’s understood the issue centres around Cardiff University fielding at least two players who also played for teams higher up in the WRU’s National Leagues.

The University believed they were allowed to do so as they are not part of that league structure and the players were registered students.

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