English Rugby
London Welsh launch appeal
ESPN Staff
June 8, 2012
Oxford United's Kassam Stadium, Oxford, England
The Kassam Stadium - London Welsh's elected ground for next season © Getty Images
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London Welsh have confirmed that they have launched an appeal against the decision to block their entry to the Aviva Premiership.

The club were informed just six hours before the first leg of the RFU Championship final that the Professional Game Board had deemed their chosen stadium - the Kassam Stadium - to have fallen short of the minimum standards criteria necessary for the Premiership.

London Welsh have been rumoured to be launching an appeal ever since but they were forced to wait after failing to receive the full verdict regarding the reasons behind why their application was denied. With the deadline for an appeal set at 16.00 on Thursday, the club confirmed soon after that they challenged the ruling.

Talking about the decision to appeal, London Welsh chairman Bleddyn Phillips said: "That London Welsh, in common with other teams already based in the Premiership who ground share with teams from the Football League, has arrangements already in place to play its 'home' games next season at a top sporting venue which would rank, in our view, as one of the best grounds offering up Premiership rugby in 2012-13, to our mind makes our case for promotion even more compelling and the reasoning behind its rejection even more difficult to fathom."

Newcastle Falcons will be watching on come June 21 when the appeal is heard as as things stand, they are currently staying in next season's top flight despite finishing at the foot of the table.

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