Kangaroos wait on Stevens decision

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The Australian prop, Jason Stevens, will find out today whether he will be able to play in the second Test against Great Britain on Saturday.

Stevens was placed on report during the Kangaroos' first Test defeat at Huddersfield on Sunday after appearing to stamp on the face of Terry O'Connor, leaving the front-rower needing stitches, and it was decided yesterday that be has a case to answer at an International Federation hearing.

The Australian coach, Chris Anderson, already without one first-choice prop when Shane Webcke decided not to travel, said that he hoped "sanity will prevail" and O'Connor has also spoken out in defence of Stevens, who is a born-again Christian. "I've never known him as a dirty player, so I wouldn't have thought it was intentional," he said.

The Australian captain, Brad Fittler, will not face any action over his high tackle on Gary Connolly at the McAlpine Stadium.

Hull's chief executive, Shane Richardson, has confirmed that he is leaving the club with a year left on his contract to take up a similar post with Penrith in his native Australia.

Richardson, who set up the Gateshead Thunder before merging them with Hull, said that he was leaving for family reasons and that the Penrith job had fallen into place. "Hull is now on a firm financial footing and I'm convinced that the club has the capable and experienced staff to continue the success on and off the field," he said.

John Harbin, who helped Wakefield avoid relegation last season before resigning, has joined Dewsbury as the chief executive, working alongside their coach, the former Wakefield player, Andy Fisher.

Oldham hope to hear today if they can play at Rochdale next season, following the breakdown of rent negotiations with Oldham Athletic.

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