22 Jul 2009

Harlequins may appeal huge fine for fabricating injury

6:23 am on 22 July 2009

The English rugby club Harlequins is considering an appeal after being fined $540.00 for fabricating a blood injury to winger Tom Williams during the Heineken Cup quarter-final against Leinster in April.

An independent European Rugby Cup panel decided that Quins effectively staged an injury to Williams, who has been given a 12-month ban, to allow specialist goalkicker and former All Black Nick Evans back on the field for the closing stages of their 6-5 defeat.

Harlequins say they are both surprised and disappointed at the decision by the ERC disciplinary committee to find the club and Williams guilty of misconduct when director of rugby Dean Richards, physio Steph Brennan and Dr Wendy Chapman were acquiited on similar or identical charges.