Rovers impose ban on drinking after fans invade pitch

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Hull have banned drinking at the KC Stadium on Saturday after two fans got on to the pitch last weekend. The Rugby League is studying reports of the incidents during the game against Leeds, but Hull have already decided on the ban for their elimination semi-final against Hull KR.

"I believe we need to take pro-active action to ensure that the good name of the club is not tarnished by the actions of one or two individuals," said the club's chief executive, James Rule, yesterday. "It only takes a second to damage a reputation it has taken years to build."

Rovers have sold their allocation of 3,100 tickets after supporters queued from 4.30am. The Hull forward, Lee Radford, will miss the game after being suspended for one match for punching Leeds' Ryan Bailey.

Two of the Wigan forwards who have helped them to the top of the Super League table have signed new contracts. Stuart Fielden has agreed a two-year extension and Andy Coley is staying for another year, with an option for a further year.

Wigan's winger Pat Richards has been voted a clear winner of the Rugby League Writers' Player of the Year award. The Irish-qualified Australian is Super League's leading try-scorer with 29. Wigan's Tomkins brothers, Joel and Sam, and the Warrington trio of Adrian Morley, Ben Westwood and Lee Briers also attracted votes.

The Catalan Dragons have signed the Tongan World Cup captain and prop, Lopeni Paea, on a two-year contract.

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