The Utah Warriors have been dropped from this year’s edition of the Rugby Super League after failing to be Club & Individual Participation Program (CIPP) compliant by the league-imposed deadline this week.
RSL President Sean Kelly confirmed the news on the RSL website.
“While the Warriors were aware of the deadline, no action was taken to become complaint,” the site said. “The Super League requires all teams to be in compliance with USA Rugby rules and regulations.”
Rugbymag.com reported that league rules require teams to be properly CIPP’d by Thursday evening before the start of play, and Kelly said that it would be unfair to have one game forfeited and others played, so failure to be ready for the season means a season disqualification.
The 2012 season was slated to begin this weekend with three games, including Utah hosting the Denver Barbarians.
According to Utah Warriors Rugby Facebook page, game will be played at 2:20 p.m. at the University of Utah’s McCarthy Field, but will not count in the RSL standings.
Warriors team president Sean Whalen apologized to fans on the team’s Facebook page, saying despite an uncertain future, the team is not shutting down.
“The Super League has made some very disappointing decisions which will be addressed legally by the Utah Warriors next week,” he wrote. “There is MUCH more to what’s going on with the RSL than simple CIPP registrations, or rumored lack of funding. The bottom line is that the RSL management will be made to answer for what has been forced upon the Warriors and for how the Warriors have been dealt with.”
Teams will be free to schedule new opponents during those vacated weeks but those matches will not count toward the standings. Every team will receive maximum points for every match scheduled against the Warriors. No team is scheduled to replace the Warriors.
The Warriors were slated to play their second season after 3-3 inaugural campaign in 2011.