Rugby League News: Penalties for Super League Players and Suspensions Loom

Rugby League Results: Seven Super League Players Receive Penalties, With One Player Facing Additional Suspension

The Rugby Football League’s (RFL) Match Review Panel was busy this past week, handing out seven penalty notices to Super League players during their Monday meeting. Six of these penalties came with bans that threatened to rule players out of upcoming fixtures.

The biggest losers from the panel’s decisions were the Catalans Dragons, with two of their players – Michael McIlorum and Arthur Romano – receiving one-match bans for Dangerous Contact in their game against the Huddersfield Giants. Additionally, Franck Maria of the Dragons was cited for the same charge but avoided a ban, instead receiving a fine.

Elsewhere, Sione Mata’utia of St Helens, Lachlan Lam of the Leigh Leopards, and Elliot Wallis of the Huddersfield Giants also received bans for their actions over the weekend. However, the consequences of one player’s “unreasonable appeal” have now led to a significant development ahead of the upcoming international fixture between England and France.

Arthur Romano, who was named in Laurent Frayssinous’ squad to face England, will now miss the crucial match after his appeal against the one-match ban was dismissed. Adding to his misfortune, Romano has also received an additional one-match suspension, as the RFL deemed his appeal “unreasonable”. This means the Catalans Dragons center will miss both the international clash and his club’s trip to Hull KR the following weekend.

The Dragons will be hoping to rebuild some momentum in their race for a top-six spot, having won just twice in their last seven games, including their victory over the Giants last weekend. Romano has been a key part of the Catalans side this season, appearing 12 times and contributing one try and three try assists, while also making 62 tackle busts and three clean breaks.

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