Exiles' Shingler ruled ineligible to play for Scotland
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Steven Shingler in action for Irish.
THE INTERNATIONAL Rugby Board have announced that London Irish's Steven Shingler is ineligible to play for Scotland and is tied to Wales.
The Swansea-born 20-year-old was included in Scotland's provisional squad for the Six Nations, sparking an investigation into his eligibility.
A three-man regulations committee panel heard evidence from Shingler, his agent and the Scottish and Welsh Rugby Unions at a hearing in Dublin in late February and a statement from the IRB read: "The player is tied to Wales in accordance with IRB regulation eight as it stands and therefore is ineligible to represent another union.
"The panel determined that, based on the relevant provisions of IRB regulation eight, the relevant guidelines and the facts presented at the hearing, Shingler is captured for Wales in accordance with IRB regulation eight.
"The panel accepted the evidence of the Welsh Rugby Union that although Shingler had not signed the union eligibility confirmation form he had been fully advised by the WRU that playing in the France Under 20 v Wales U20 match during the 2011 U20 Six Nations would capture him for Wales."
This article appeared in Reading Chronicle 08 Mar 12