Doncaster RLFC: Dons charged by RFL over dual reg violation

Ben Crooks, pictured in action for the Dons.
Ben Crooks, pictured in action for the Dons.

The Dons could face a points deduction after being charged by the RFL with breaching regulations surrounding dual registration players.

Rugby League’s governing body has confirmed the Dons will be called before a hearing on August 14 to answer charges that Hull FC centre Ben Crooks was ineligible for the Dons’ clash with Keighley last month.

It is alleged that the Dons have breached operational rule D1.20 which states dual registration players who have a salary cap value of £20,000 or more must have played at least three league fixtures before the end-of-season deadline in order to be eligible for any remaining fixtures, either regular season or play-off matches.

Crooks – last season’s Super League young player of the year – played for the Dons against North Wales Crusaders and Leigh prior to the July 25 deadline before turning out in the 44-32 defeat to Keighley on July 27.

A range of sanctions face the Dons including a fine and/or a points deduction.

A losing bonus point against Sheffield Eagles last weekend mathematically secured the Dons’ place in next season’s Championship, however this could not be under threat.

Clubs are expected to monitor the sanctions facing their own players.

Batley have also been charged with the same offence while Dewsbury have been cleared of the same allegation.