Rugby League: Eagles rivals facing player eligibility investigation

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One of Sheffield Eagles main rivals for a play-off place could be docked points after allegedly fielding an ineligible player against them.

Jacob Fairbank played for Batley Bulldogs on a dual registration from Huddersfield Giants but may not meet the criteria to appear in games after the transfer deadline.

The dual reg rules say a player who has a salary cap value of £20,000 or more “must have played in at least three League or League Cup fixtures for the Championship club that season before the end of season registration deadline”.

Clubs are responsible for ensuring they observe the rules and sanctions include a fine and/or having points deducted.

The RFL confirmed that it’s “investigating an alleged breach of the sport’s Operational Rules relating to dual-registration players and that a statement will be issued at the conclusion of the investigation”.

Fairbank scored Batley’s final try in a 28-18 win at Owlerton Stadium.

Eagles’ chairman Ian Swire wants the Eagles to be awarded the game if a breach of rules is proved.

He said: “It has come to our attention that Batley may have played an ineligible player in their victory over us.

“Given that the player alleged to be ineligible is an established Super League player and scored a solo try at a crucial stage in the game we are obviously alarmed at this.

“The RFL are investigating and if there has been a breach in the rules then we have every right to expect that the result of the game will be reversed.”