Leon Pryce’s Workington Town have had their dispensation appeal rejected by the RFL, leaving them with only 12 players.
The League One side appealed to the RFL on Tuesday evening for the option to loan players in on a single game deal.
Featherstone and Leigh followed the same process and had their appeals accepted for their Championship Shield Final fixture last week.
The difference for Workington is the fact the play-off fixture against Swinton was only formulated a mere 4 weeks ago.
The fact promotion and relegation are at stake also differentiates this situation.
This now means Workington find themselves without an adequate number of personnel due to pre-booked holidays and injuries.
Not to mention the red card and subsequent suspension of key forward Fuifui Moimoi adding to their player crisis.
Moimoi’s red card was also appealed by the Cumbrian outfit but that too was rejected.
Plenty have taken to social media to voice their outrage at the situation, as well as questioning how this situation is even happening:
Unfortunately, a dangerous precedent was set last week when Leigh were given dispensation. Sure, there's much more riding on this game, but consistency either way is needed in these situations. https://t.co/T2q5pwFg1i
— Matthew Shaw (@M_Shaw1) October 12, 2018
The RFL are a joke. This is a mess caused by their constant changing of the goalposts. Why were Leigh allowed but Workington not? Doesn't make any sense, but then when did anything make sense?
— Drac UK (@drac_uk) October 12, 2018
So the RFL change the rules, tag on extra game knowing that players will have boomed holidays, and then refuse to apply the same rules for Workington that they did for Fev and Leigh? And people wonder why the RFL is a laughing stock.
— David Priestley #FBPE (@DavidJPriestley) October 12, 2018
Surely it’s only fair if the RFL allow us too? End of the day it’s there fault we are in this mess, deciding to add a game on only 4 weeks ago!
— Derwent Park SC (@DerwentParkSC) October 11, 2018
The all important play-off game that will determine who plays Championship and League One rugby league next year, kicks off on Sunday at 3pm.
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