Friday, October 24, 2014
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Disciplinary

RFL comfortable with punching stance

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The RFL won’t be reviewing its policy on punching and has no plans to introduce an NRL-style ‘no-punching’ stance next season. The NRL brought in an edict that players would be automatically sent to the sin-bin for punching following Paul Gallen’s attack on Nate Myles in the opening game of State of Origin in 2013. NRL referees boss Daniel Anderson ... Read More »

Cast your vote: What should Flower’s punishment be?

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Later tonight, Wigan prop Ben Flower will face the RFL’s disciplinary board and be given a ban for assaulting St Helens half-back Lance Hohaia in Saturday’s Grand Final. If you haven’t seen the ruthless attack, Flower reacted badly to an off-the-ball scuffle with the New Zealander in the third minute of the encounter, punching him to the ground before striking him ... Read More »

Hohaia gets one-match ban for Flower incident

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St Helens half-back Lance Hohaia has received a one-match ban for striking Ben Flower in Saturday’s Grand Final. The New Zealander submitted an early guilty plea after being charged with a Grade B offence. We believe Flower will learn his fate tonight. He is guaranteed to be given at least an eight-match suspension after he was charged with a Grade ... Read More »

Flower AND Hohaia charged by RFL match review panel

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Both Ben Flower and Lance Hohaia have been charged with disciplinary offences following their fight in Saturday’s Grand Final. Wigan’s Flower has been charged with the Grade F offence of violent and aggressive punching/punching an off-guard opponent (Lance Hohaia) in the second minute of the match. Hohaia has been charged with the Grade B offence of striking Flower with the ... Read More »

Former Leigh man suspended by RFL over betting breaches

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Former Leigh Centurions player Andy Thornley has been suspended from any involvement in Rugby League until June 1, 2015 after being found guilty of breaching the sport’s betting rules. Thornley admitted placing a large number of bets on Rugby League matches via various betting accounts, including matches involving Leigh Centurions, when he appeared before an independent tribunal on Thursday evening. ... Read More »

Bowen fined £1,000 by RFL for social media breach

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Wigan Warriors full-back Matty Bowen has been fined £1,000 (£500 of which is suspended until the end of the 2015 season) after he was found guilty of minor misconduct for breaching the RFL’s social media policy. What do you think about this story? Discuss this and much more on or free fans’ forum. For more Rugby League news and features, ... Read More »

Leuluai cleared of blame in Russell incident

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Widnes forward Macgraff Leuluai has been cleared of any foul play in the incident that resulted in facial injuries to Warrington Wolves full-back Matty Russell. Russell was knocked unconscious after spilling a high ball and colliding with Leuluai during the Wolves’ 22-19 Super League elimination play-off victory on Saturday. Leuluai was not penalised for the incident and the Rugby Football ... Read More »

RFL to take “no further action” on Zak Hardaker

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The RFL has confirmed that no further action will be taken on Leeds Rhinos full-back Zak Hardaker following an investigation into allegations of homophobic abuse made on a St Helens player during a match in late August. The game’s governing body said in a statement: “Details of the investigation were presented to the RFL Match Review Panel which concluded that ... Read More »

Super League: Two players charged from round 27

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Three players have been charged with disciplinary offences committed in First Utility Super League and Kingstone Press Championship fixtures at the weekend. St Helens prop Alex Walmsley has been charged with making a Grade C shoulder charge on Luke Robinson of Huddersfield Giants in the 28th minute of a Super League fixture played on Friday September 12. Paul Wood of ... Read More »

Tautai banned, won’t play for Wildcats again

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Wigan-bound Taulima Tautai has played his final game for Wakefield after being handed a one-match ban by the RFL for a dangerous throw on Castleford’s Scott Wheeldon last week. The Samoan utility forward, who Warriors coach Shaun Wane claims will be the club’s only signing for 2015, will link up with his new club in pre-season. What do you think ... Read More »