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Two clubs have been charged with breaching RFL Operational Rules relating to dual registration by fielding ineligible players in Kingstone Press Championship fixtures.

Batley Bulldogs and Doncaster have been charged with breaching Operational Rule D1.20 which states that dual registration players who have a salary cap value of £20,000 or more must have played in at least three league fixtures for the Championship club that season before the end-of-season registration deadline in order to play in games which fall after the deadline, whether they be regular season or play-off games.

The charges follow complaints that Jacob Fairbank, a dual registered player from Huddersfield Giants, played for Batley against Sheffield Eagles, and that Ben Crooks, a dual-registered player from Hull FC, played for Doncaster against Keighley Cougars. Both matches were played on Sunday July 27, two days after the registration deadline for the Kingstone Press Championship closed.

The charges will be heard by an independent Operational Rules Tribunal which has been scheduled for Thursday August 14.

If found guilty, Batley and Doncaster face a range of sanctions, including a fine and/or the deduction of competition points.

Dewsbury Rams have been cleared of an allegation that they fielded an ineligible player in a Championship fixture against Barrow Raiders on the same day.

Taken from the RFL website , 6th August 2014

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  1. john french says:

    dual registration should be stopped it gives an unfair advantage to clubs that dont use it if clubs have players surplus to requirements they should loan them out for a full season also these players that are brought in what do existing players feel if they loss there places to dual reg intake

  2. Bryan Hanson says:

    I couldn’t agree more , dual registration players inevitably make or score tries in the matches they play in as happened when we played Workington and Doncaster . Despite making a temporary difference to a team the supporters must realise that it is not ” their team ” that they are supporting and the players’ loyalty still remains with their parent clubs . Many of the teams near the top this year are in a totally false position due to this dreadful facility .

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