Super League swoop

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A team of inspectors will descend on clubs, from next Monday, with powers to withhold Super League payments if they have not used the money they have so far been given correctly.

The four-man team from Rugby League headquarters will start its investigations at Castleford and work its way around the Super League.

Among the matters under scrutiny will be the appointment of chief executives, something that is required of clubs under the "Framing the Future" blueprint.

Clubs which have not made an appointment, or which have handed the job to someone from within, could have up to pounds 4,000 a month held back from their next payment from News Limited, the game's chief executive, Maurice Lindsay, has warned.

"These are not Gestapo tactics," he said. "It is simply a matter of proper management."

Paul Moriarty and Iestyn Harris are the leading candidates to take over from David Young as the Wales captain for the match against England in Cardiff on 26 June.

Young, an ever-present for Wales since the national side re-formed in 1991, tore ankle ligaments in the victory over France on Wednesday and will be out for six weeks, missing the next phase of Salford's push for promotion to Super League.

Moriarty is now the senior candidate for the role, but the Welsh management were also impressed by the way the 19-year-old Harris took on extra responsibility after Young's injury in Carcassonne.

The League is to consider an application from a club based at the Bordeaux football ground to play in either Super League or the First Division from 1998.

A touch-judge has had his future appointments reviewed after missing a foot in touch that should have led to a Warrington try against Castleford being disallowed last Friday.

The League has ruled, however, that the video referee was correct in a series of decisions on tries and near-tries during the match.

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