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Women's Rugby League Castleford avoid punishment for fielding ineligible player

CASTLEFORD have been told they can play in the Women’s Challenge Cup final despite fielding an ineligible player in their semi-final win over Wakefield.

The Rugby Football League (RFL) board made their ruling after it emerged that Francesca Townend had previously been registered with Oulton Raiders for their opening-round tie against Widnes.

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

“In this instance, the 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.

“The potential misconduct by club and player will now be considered by a competition discipline panel at a future date in line with operational rules.

“If proven, the panel may consider a fine and a suspension for the player, but will have no jurisdiction over the board’s decision.

“Castleford will therefore play Leeds Rhinos in the Women’s Coral Challenge Cup final at the University of Bolton Stadium on Saturday 27 July.”

The RFL board ruled that Townend will not be able to play in the final.

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