17 Oct 2010

West Coast fined, penalised after fielding ineligible player

9:22 am on 17 October 2010

The West Coast rugby side's been stripped of five competition points and fined $2,500 for fielding a an ineligible player in Heartland Championship match against Wairarapa-Bush.

West Coast won the match 35-30 but knowingly fielded the ineligible player under another player's name.

The fine and points penalty was imposed after a hearing in Wellington, with the New Zealand saying player eligibility rules are fundamental to the integrity of the competition.