Dewsbury get all-clear over Bradford Bulls rookie Sam Wood

Sam Wood, right

Sam Wood, right

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DEWSBURY have confirmed they have no case to answer following an investigation by the RFL into the dual-registration of Bulls rookie Sam Wood.

The Rams, along with Doncaster and Batley, were being looked at by the governing body over the eligibility of players fielded from Super League partner clubs.

Under the current rules, clubs cannot play any player on dual-registration until the end of the season, unless they have played in three or more Championship games before the registration deadline of July 25.

In Dewsbury's case, it surrounded Wood but Rams chairman Mark Sawyer said in a statement: "Having co-operated fully with the RFL during their inquiry into the dual-registration of Sam Wood, I would like to inform supporters and sponsors of Dewsbury Rams that the club has been found to have no case to answer.

"The inquiry found that we had acted entirely within the rules relating to dual-registration.

"Sam will remain at the Rams on loan terms until the end of the season to help alleviate the club's current injury problems."

Doncaster are being investigated over their fielding of Hull's Ben Crooks, a dual-registered player from Hull FC who played for Doncaster against Keighley, while Huddersfield forward Jacob Fairbank, a former Bulls loanee, played for Batley against Sheffield Eagles,

Batley and Doncaster are facing the prospect of a points deduction after being charged with breaching RFL Operational Rules relating to dual registration by fielding ineligible players.

Both matches were played on Sunday July 27, two days after the registration deadline for the Kingstone Press Championship closed.

The charges will be heard by an independent Operational Rules Tribunal which has been scheduled for Thursday August 14.

If found guilty, Batley and Doncaster face a range of sanctions, including a fine and/or the deduction of competition points.

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11:04am Mon 11 Aug 14

fedupwiththeBS says...

i hope Sam is going to figure in the Bulls plans for next season, it would be a shame to see us lose another home grown talent go to a rival club.
i hope Sam is going to figure in the Bulls plans for next season, it would be a shame to see us lose another home grown talent go to a rival club. fedupwiththeBS
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