News in Brief
Appeal date set for Bath duo
August 24, 2009
Bath trio Andrew Higgin, Michael Lipman and Alex Crockett were suspended after failing to submit to drug tests
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- Banned ex-Bath players Michael Lipman and Alex Crockett will have their appeals against nine-month suspensions heard in London on September 7.
The pair, together with former team-mate Andrew Higgins, resigned from Bath on June 1. Two months later, they were found guilty by a Rugby Football Union disciplinary panel of two charges of conduct prejudicial to the interests of the game.
These were that they failed to submit to drugs tests on two separate occasions when requested by the Bath club. All three players were suspended for nine months, with Higgins subsequently announcing his intention to retire from the sport.
Former England flanker Lipman and centre Crockett - Bath's co-captains last season - will have their appeals heard before a three-man RFU panel. It will be chaired by Matthew Lohn, a qualified doctor and solicitor who is also a member of the new UK national anti-doping panel.
- Cardiff Blues will begin their Magners League campaign without senior players Martyn Williams, Gethin Jenkins, Tom Shanklin and Tom James. The quartet have all been sidelined with shoulder injuries, with Shanklin and James now expected back in mid October and Williams and Jenkins in late October/early November.
- Gloucester have signed centre Tim Molenaar from Championship club Nottingham. Molenaar, 28, made more than 100 league appearances for Nottingham, scoring 24 tries, since making his debut in January 2005.