Sporting Digest: Rugby League

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BOB ASHBY has stepped down as chairman of the League's board of directors ahead of its annual meeting on Friday. Ashby, chairman since 1987, has decided not to stand for re-election alongside board members Roy Waudby and Eric Gardner. His decision averts the problem that both he and Gardner could not have served under the new rule of one man per club, as both come from Featherstone Rovers.

COLIN DIXON, the former Halifax, Salford, Hull KR and Great Britain forward, has died after a stroke, aged 49.