Castleford cleared over ineligible player in Women’s Challenge Cup

Castleford will compete in the 2019 Women’s Challenge Cup final, despite being found to have fielded an ineligible player in their 100-0 semi-final victory over Wakefield.

Francesca Townend had previously been registered with Oulton Raidettes for their first round game against Widnes, and she will now be unable to play in the final.

An RFL statement 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.”