Dixon takes positive view of Hilton ruling
Saturday 06 May 2000
Richie dixon, the Glasgow Caledonians coach, believes that his side will feel the positive effect of the ruling on David Hilton.
The prop has just over two years left of his three-year residency period before he is able to play for Scotland again after the International Rugby Board reprimanded the Scottish Rugby Union in midweek for fielding the ineligible player 41 times.
Hilton misses the trip to Newport today with a leg injury, but Dixon insists that his side were fortunate that the 30-year-old has not been banned altogether.
"Obviously there was a mistake made somewhere but it could have been much worse," said Dixon. "The worst-case scenario could have been that he was banned and not allowed to play again but if he does his residential then everything could work out for him.
"We are delighted because I firmly believe that it was a genuine mistake. David was genuinely shocked that he didn't qualify for Scotland but he is very committed to the Glasgow Cals.
"Then, in a few years, he will prove that he can still be a force on the international scene."
Dixon rests Glenn Metcalfe, Andy Nicol and Gordon Simpson for today's Welsh/Scottish League game.
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