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Monday, 8 May, 2000, 16:00 GMT 17:00 UK
SRU accept Hilton decision
David Hilton
David Hilton's grandfather turned out to be Bristol-born
The Scottish Rugby Union will not appeal against an international board decision which found them guilty of negligence in selecting players without the correct Scottish credentials.

Senior officials say they dispute the severity of the findings but want to put the affair behind them and get on with playing the game.

Residency rule

Prop forward David Hilton will have to re-qualify for his Scotland place, under a three-year residency rule, although SRU officials are still trying to prove he had a Scottish-born grandfather.

The SRU is also to impose strict selection rules on around 300 players at all levels of the Scotland set up.

Hilton was first selected by Scotland five years ago on the strength of an Edinburgh-born grandfather, who it now transpires actually came from Bristol.

He has won 41 caps but the IRB stepped in and prevented a possible 42nd by sidelining him from last month's Calcutta Cup victory over England.

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