Franchise Notes: Salford City Reds Fined $15,500 For Fielding An Extra Man
British Super League rugby side Salford City Reds have been fined £10,000 ($15,500) "for fielding an extra man against Castleford Tigers." The Reds had a 14th player for a short period from the 77th minute of their 34-30 victory on April 27 (BBC, 5/8). ... Australian Rugby Union CEO Bill Pulver "has warned top players they may have to accept smaller contracts to play for the Wallabies due to the code's worrying financial situation." Pulver has also revealed the loss of almost A$19M ($19.1M) over the past two years will not "be off-set as much as hoped by the upcoming British and Irish Lions tour" (AAP, 5/9).