Wigan Warrior Test Ace Referred, Two Coaches to be Investigated
Tony Smith, the Wigan Warriors and Great Britain and Ireland halfback, has been referred to the Rugby Football League's Disciplinary Committee after being placed on report by referee Russell Smith during their Silk Cut Challenge Cup quarter final defeat by Hull FC at The Boulevard on Saturday. He is charged with an alleged reckless high tackle. Dewsbury Rams head coach Neil Kelly is to receive a written warning from the Rugby Football League's Operational Board following his published remarks about Leeds Rhinos' playing techniques. Rugby Football League Director of Referees' performance Greg McCallum has also been charged with conducting an investigation into allegations of misconduct by Rochdale Hornets coach Steve Linnane and Halifax Blue Sox head coach Gary Mercer. Linnane had been referred to the Rugby Football League for an incident following their Northern Ford Premiership fixture at Spotland against Widnes Vikings on March 1 while McCallum is also to investigate alleged post-match reception comments by Mercer following yesterday's Silk Cut Challenge Cup quarter final with Bradford Bulls. McCallum says: "The Rugby Football League has established procedures for clubs who wish to make observations about match officials. Clubs who are proved to have stepped outside these procedures can expect little or no sympathy from the Rugby Football League when their cases are considered by the relevant body." JOHN HUXLEY Media and PR Manager. Issued by the Media and Marketing Department of the Rugby Football League, Red Hall, Red Hall Lane, Leeds LS17 8NB. Telephone: 0113 237 5014 (direct line), 0113 232 3838 (fax) firstname.lastname@example.org (e-mail).