Mariano Galarza: Gloucester face hearing for fielding ineligible player

Premiership club Gloucester are to face a Rugby Football Union hearing for fielding an unregistered player.

The Cherry and Whites selected Mariano Galarza to face Sale Sharks in a league match on 29 March, but the Argentine "did not hold effective registration".

Gloucester confirmed the signing of lock Galarza, 28, in February 2014.

London Welsh were deducted five points and fined £15,000 for fielding an ineligible player, Tyson Keats, in a Premiership fixture in 2013.

Meanwhile, Yann Thomas and Tom Hicks have signed new deals with Gloucester.

Prop Thomas, 25, has made 74 first-team appearances, including 43 in the Premiership, since joining from West Country rivals Bristol in 2008.

Hicks, a 23-year-old second-rower, arrived from Northampton last summer and has featured 10 times, though he has yet to play in the Premiership.

The Cherry and Whites, who reached the final of the European Challenge Cup last weekend, sit ninth in the Premiership table with three matches to play.


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