Panel calls three more players in brawl inquiry

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Three more players have been called up to answer charges arising from the brawl during the Bradford versus Wakefield game at Odsal on Sunday.

Bradford's Karl Pratt was already due to face today's disciplinary hearing, but after watching the video of the incident, the Rugby League has also sent for his team-mate, Leon Pryce, and the Wakefield players Semi Tadulala and Olivier Elima.

Pryce and Tadulala were sent to the sin bin at the time, but the disciplinary panel has the power to inflict further punishment. The matter has been referred to the League's disciplinary commissioner, who has the power to impose sanctions on clubs.

On Thursday, the Chorley Lynx centre Jamie Stenhouse will face charges of biting during the National League Two match against the Sheffield Eagles on Sunday.

The Eagles' hooker, Scott Collins, said: "I just tackled him and my arm was round his face and he bit me.'' The Chorley coach, Mark Lee, said that he will condemn Stenhouse's actions if he is proved guilty.

Hull may cite the Warrington forward Danny Lima over an incident in which he appeared to push Gareth Raynor into an advertising hoarding. The winger is expected to be out for four weeks with knee damage. Hull will this week announce a National League coach as assistant to John Kear for next season.

The former Widnes player Steve Carter, has joined the ex-Wigan and New Zealand coach, Graham Lowe, in throwing his hat into the ring for the vacant coaching post at Widnes.

The club's board said that it hopes to make an appointment at its meeting next week and Lowe, who had great success with Wigan in the mid-Eighties, has declared his interest. Carter who played for the club two years ago, has the advantage of not needing a work permit. The club's Australian centre, Aaron Moule, will be out for the rest of the season after a knee operation.

The former Bradford coach, Matthew Elliott, has denied any plans to take their Great Britain prop Stuart Fielden to Canberra, the club he now coaches.

Wigan have confirmed the signing of the Canberra prop, Luke Davico, but say that they have no interest in signing the Queensland and Australian centre, Michael De Vere.

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