You still don't have to enter a partnership.
Annakin is by no means the first dr player. I don't get the angst over him playing now when others played without comment??
Yes you do have to be in a partnership to DR players now. Operational Rule C1:2:23b....
Only those Clubs with a signed partnership agreement which has been accepted by the RFL may dual register Players and only within that partnership. Clubs who are not in an official partnership may not dual register Players.