The International Rugby Board have thrown out Scotland’s appeal over the eligibility of centre Steven Shingler
The council ruled in a unanimous decision that the Swansea-born Shingler is tied to Wales and ineligible to play Test rugby for Scotland.
Shingler, whose mother is from Dumfries, was judged by the IRB to have been ‘captured’ by Wales after playing in an U20 international against France in 2011.
“Under the regulations committee decision Shingler was deemed to have been captured by Wales, having represented the Wales U20 team against the France U20 team in a 2011 Six Nations fixture,” read an IRB statement.
“Following the Scottish Rugby Union’s appeal of the Shingler decision, the IRB council considered and determined the matter during its annual meeting in Dublin.
“Council, having considered all the facts and having heard submissions from the SRU and WRU legal representatives, dismissed the appeal and upheld the decision of the IRB regulations committee.
“The council therefore determined that Steven Shingler is tied to Wales in accordance with IRB regulation 8 and therefore is ineligible to represent another union.”
The decisive factor was that both Wales and France had designated the U20s as their second senior national representative team for that match.