Halifax reinstate Calland and Hall quits after inquiry into Challenge Cup fiasco

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Halifax have reinstated their coach and accepted the resignation of their director of football, Martin Hall, after he took the blame for the foul-up that cost them their place in the Challenge Cup.

Halifax were expelled after fielding an ineligible player and Matt Calland was suspended during an internal inquiry. The club now says that it was Hall's absence "at material times" and failure to get others to cover his duties that was responsible for Michael Ostick playing for them against Swinton when he had already appeared in the competition. Hall tendered his resignation after the findings.

Huddersfield have had a weight lifted from their shoulders with the news that six of their players accused of rape will not face charges. A 22-year-old woman made the allegations during the club's pre-season training camp in Newcastle.

The six had been bailed until 11 June, but they have now been told by Northumbria Police that there is to be no action against them.

It has been an unsettling couple of weeks for Huddersfield, with the announcements that their captain, Brett Hodgson, and coach, Nathan Brown, are both leaving next season, as well as an embarrassing 60-4 defeat by Warrington in the Challenge Cup last weekend.

The verdict of the Northumbria Police, however, removes the biggest cloud from their horizon as they try to regroup for Sunday's Super League match against Wigan.

The Catalan Dragons have emerged as favourites to sign the Melbourne Storm stand-off, Brett Finch. The Storm are resigned to losing some of their best players in the wake of their exposure for a £1m salary cap fraud.

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