RFU in Fylde/Worthing ‘stamp’ probe

Gareth Gore - suffered concussion
Gareth Gore - suffered concussion
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Fylde rugby club officials are meeting to decide on whether to cite a Worthing player for an alleged offence of ‘stamping’.

Second row forward Gareth Gore was left suffering concusion in the wake of an incident in the National League One clash between the two teams.

Fylde have already sent a DVD to the Rugby Football Union to decide if their disciplinary body wants to take it further.

It is understood that the pictures appear to show evidence of an un-named Worthing forward connecting with Gore with his boot.

The Fylde player is seen lying on the ground, while play continues after the ruck is cleared.

The referee did not take any action at the time.

Fylde decided to send the DVD to the RFU after receiving it earlier in the week,

They were due to meet before and after today’s home match with Doncaster Knights to decide whether to put in an official citing complaint.

Clearly choosing their words carefully, the Woodlands club restricted themselves to a brief, official statement.

It said: “Following an incident seen off the ball in the match between Worthing and Fylde last Saturday, the club has forwarded the DVD to the RFU for their consideration.”

Fylde said they would be making no further comment at this stage.

Worthing won the match 25-17.

One experienced Fylde player was reported to have said it was one of the hardest matches he has ever been involved in.

Kieron Dawson, the Worthing coach, was not available to comment on the ‘stamping’ incident.

Team manager David Hinchcliffe could not be contacted either.

Of the match, Dawson told the Worthing local paper: “Hats off to Fylde, they play a lovely brand of rugby.

“They didn’t come to cheat, they didn’t come to con the ref, they didn’t come to stop us playing, they came to play and it was two great teams having a great game of rugby.

“It was a great spectacle in front of a great crowd.”

*Two Fylde players - centre Chris Briers and fly-half Chris Johnson - are celebrating an international call-up.

The duo will proudly don the Red Rose after being called up to the England Counties’ representative squad.

England Counties travel to Nevers on January 31 to play a French federation team, made up of players from outside the top two divisions.

Briers and Johnson are also in contention to play in the second match on February 21 against an Irish Clubs XV at Darlington Mowden Park.