UK Borders Agency orders Six Crusaders to Leave the Country.

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Some teams have roller-coaster seasons, but 2009 has been more like a helter-skelter for the Welsh engage Super League club, Celtic Crusaders. With just a couple of Super League victories to their name the club have now been hit by a deportation order that sees the UK Borders and Immigration Agency ordering six key players vacate the country with ‘immediate’ effect.

“This situation does however provide us with an ideal opportunity to give some Welsh youngsters valuable first team action for our final three games of the season, starting this Saturday when we play Leeds Rhinos in Newport.

The six players: Mark Dalle Cort, Jayce van Dijk, Tony Duggan, Josh Hannay, Darren Mapp; and Quinn, who have been told they can no longer play for the Crusaders.

According to BBC Wales a UKBA spokesman said:

“As the result of an intelligence-led investigation into possible immigration offences among players at Celtic Crusaders, we can confirm that six Australian nationals have been served with papers confirming that they are illegally present in the UK.

“We now expect these individuals to leave the country. If they refuse to do so voluntarily, we will enforce their removal.

“The players are prohibited from working in the UK with immediate effect.”

The club’s website announced that the six players have been released from their contract, qouting CEO, Mike Turner as saying:

“Celtic Crusaders have co-operated fully with the UK Border Agency’s investigation and we will abide by their findings,”

“We are sorry to be losing players who have made a big contribution in making Celtic Crusaders a Super League club.

“This situation does however provide us with an ideal opportunity to give some Welsh youngsters valuable first team action for our final three games of the season, starting this Saturday when we play Leeds Rhinos in Newport.

“This experience will be invaluable to them as we look ahead to 2010 and the ongoing challenge of establishing ourselves as a force in Super League.”  

Each of the players must leave the UK before September 1st and they are banned from returning for a period of 10 years; although an appeal can be lodged once they leave the country.

No comment has been made by the RFL, which has hitherto been vocal in offering support for the Bridgend based club.

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