Scots not to appeal on eligibility
May 8, 2000

The Scottish Rugby Union will not appeal against the International Rugby Board's decision that David Hilton and Jonathan Stuart are ineligible to play for the country it emerged Monday.

Hilton was banned from playing for Scotland after winning his 42nd cap
against Wales in March when he discovered his grandfather, previously thought to be born in Edinburgh, was from Bristol.

His Glasgow Caledonians team-mate Stuart was also unable to provide
evidence of Scottish relatives after learning his great-grandfather, rather
than his grandfather, was born in Glasgow and was deemed ineligible for the foreseeable future.

SRU executive board chairman Ken Scobie said: "The matter reflects the
eligibility of two people, David Hilton and Jonathan Stuart, and the Scottish
Rugby Union have investigated thoroughly."

"We have cooperated fully with the IRB in its investigations and at the hearing in Dublin the SRU was represented by secretary Bill Hogg and our legal representative John Kerr and both players were there as well and gave evidence before the panel. The panel has come up with its decision which is accepted by the Scottish Rugby Union and it is not our intention as we see it to appeal against that decision."

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