DONCASTER DONS: ‘Banned’ Shaun Leaf back with Dons

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FORMER skipper Shaun Leaf has been added to Doncaster Rugby League Club’s 2013 squad after being banned by the Rugby Football League 18 months ago in a betting scandal.

Leaf was axed by the Keepmoat Stadium club after a national newspaper exposed the fact that he had bet against the Dons in several games including a high-profile Challenge Cup tie against Wakefield Trinity in 2011.

Even though the Humberside-based PE teacher was injured and didn’t play in the game he still broke strict RFL rules on betting on matches involving a team he was involved with. He was cleared of trying to influence the result of the games involved,

The centre, who is now available after serving his 18-month ban, reported back for the club’s first pre-season training session last night.