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Halifax suspend head coach Matt Calland

Carnegie Challenge Cup

Halifax have suspended head coach Matt Calland after being disqualified from the 2010 Challenge Cup for fielding an ineligible player.

Loanee Michael Ostick played for Halifax in their fourth round win at Swinton Lions on Friday, 16 April.

But the prop had already featured for Rochdale Hornets in their third round tie against FC Lezignan in March.

Swinton Lions will now play Batley Bulldogs in a rearranged fifth round tie on Wednesday, 19 May.

Halifax have now set up an internal inquiry and Calland will remain suspended until the outcome of that.

A club statement said: "Members of the playing staff have indicated their intention to put this setback behind them, and to bounce back with victory over Barrow Raiders in Sunday's Co-operative Championship match at The Shay. A further announcement will follow."

The original tie between Halifax and West Yorkshire rivals Batley was meant to take place on Sunday, 9 May but was postponed just three hours before kick-off

The RFL tightened Cup eligibility rules two years ago after Hull were fined £100,000 - £40,000 of it suspended - for playing Jamie Thackray in ties against Rochdale and Widnes when he was not on the Cup register.

Hull went on to reach the final at Wembley, where they lost to St Helens.

The matter has also now been referred to the RFL compliance manager for further investigation into whether by fielding an ineligible player, Halifax are guilty of misconduct.

Rugby Football League chairman Richard Lewis said: "The rules governing player eligibility in the Carnegie Challenge Cup clearly state that when a team is found to have fielded an ineligible player they will be disqualified from that year's tournament.

"Halifax's action leaves the RFL board of directors with no alternative but to disqualify the club and reinstate their most recent opponents."

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