Hull face heavy fine over unregistered Thackray

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Hull will find out on Monday what their punishment is to be for fielding an unregistered player in two rounds of the Challenge Cup. Jamie Thackray played in the victories over Rochdale and Widnes, despite signing for Hull too late to be on their Cup register for those games.

The Rugby League has already controversially decided against expelling the club – who have a semi-final against Wakefield at the end of this month – from the competition. Instead, it is likely to hit Hull with a heavy fine. It is one of a series of administrative mishaps at Hull, who lost Paul Cooke to Hull KR in one piece of contractual chaos last year and now look set to lose Gareth Carvell after he signed a new deal but changed his mind.

Bradford have joined St Helens and Wigan in showing an interest in the Test prop, but Hull believe they are now in a position to demand a transfer fee or one or more players in exchange before letting him move.

Leeds have the six England internationals who missed the victory over Castleford last Saturday back for tonight's visit to Wigan. Two of the young reserves who filled in so effectively, Danny Allan and Danny Williams, retain their places.

For Wigan, Lee Mossop keeps his place in a depleted side after making his debut last weekend. Phil Bailey and Sean O'Loughlin are among the absentees, but Michael McIlorum is fit again.

The RFL has announced a trading profit of just under £200,000 for 2007. It is the sixth successive year in which it has made a profit after severe financial problems at the start of the new century.

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