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Survival boost for Sale at expense of London Welsh

Aviva Premiership club London Welsh have lost their appeal against a five-point deduction and £15,0000 fine for fielding an ineligible player in this season's competition.

A further five-point penalty, though, that was suspended until the end of next season has been removed.

The independent appeal panel's decision means London Welsh are five points adrift at the Premiership basement of 11th-placed Sale Sharks with just four league games left.