Lindsay fury at poaching

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Leeds and the Rugby Football League have both condemned attempts to poach the best young British players.

The RFL are upset that Australian representatives have been trying to sign up some of the game's most promising players as the Super League controversy rages on. The ARL's latest targets are the Leeds youngsters Graham Holroyd and Francis Cummins - even though both are still contracted to the Headingley outfit for at least another year.

Maurice Lindsay, the RFL chief executive, said: "This is to be expected at the moment, but we must face it - they are breaking the law of the land and the courts will not accept it."

Leeds' chief executive, Alf Davies, commented: "We have had approaches from players' agents and it is just not on.

"When I was in Australia recently, I saw pieces of paper offering three Leeds players to the ARL. The agents just cannot do it and certain ones must be warned that if any Leeds player is induced to break his contract, then the Leeds club will most certainly take legal action."