Sport in Short: Rugby League

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THE Rugby Football League yesterday severed links with their amateur counterparts, BARLA. They will refuse to recognise BARLA as the sport's amateur governing body in Great Britain and have also banned matches between professional and amateur teams. In addition, professional grounds can no longer be used for amateur games and all RFL funding for the amateur code - around pounds 300,000 a year - has been withdrawn.

PAUL EASTWOOD, the Hull and Great Britain winger, has signed a new two-year contract with his club.

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