19 Aug 2009

Britain to deport six Australians for visa breach

6:52 am on 19 August 2009

Six Australians playing for the Welsh rugby league club Celtic Crusaders will be deported from Britain after they breached visa regulations.

Captain Jace van Dijk, top try-scorer Tony Duggan, Damien Quinn, Darren Mapp, Mark Dalle Cort and Josh Hannay had all been playing for the Bridgend-based club in the Super League.

The UK Border Agency says all six have been served with papers confirming they are there illegally and must stop working and leave immediately.

The clubs's chief executive Mike Turner says they'll abide by the ruling but they're sorry to be losing players who have made a big contribution in making Celtic Crusaders a Super League club.