RFL rules on Women’s ineligible player case

The RFL has announced the findings of its investigations into the alleged fielding of an ineligible player in Castleford Women’s semi-final win against Wakefield.

The Tigers booked their place in the Challenge Cup Final with a 100-0 victory against their local rivals, but reports emerged this morning that Cas may have fielded an ineligible player in the fixture.

And this lunchtime the RFL have found the club guilty – but opted not to suspend the team from the competition.

As first reported by Forty-20, the RFL has ruled: “The women’s competition sits within tiers four and five of the Community Game Competition Structure and the Women’s Challenge Cup is governed by the Tier 4-6 Operational Rules.

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“The board discussed the matter in accordance with Operational Rule C2:5:5 which states as follows: ‘Any Club found guilty of player an ineligible Player shall be fined not less than £100.00 and the Match may, subject to the Management Group’s discretion, be awarded to their opponents. The offending Player may be liable for suspension.’

“A range of sanctions were considered, including whether to award the game to Wakefield Trinity or let the result stand.

“In this instance, Board chose to exercise discretion and not to disqualify Castleford Tigers for what was considered to be a genuine administrative error by the club rather than a deliberate act.”

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