Unregistered player likely to cost Redmen dearly
THE Grafton Redmen are resigned to losing competition points for fielding a player who was not properly registered with the club.
The failure to gain a clearance for former Narrabri Blue Boar Ian Leota has cost the club points in all three grades.
Redmen president Adam Crawley said the club had made the mistake in good faith.
He said the Australian Rugby Union's My Rugby website, which is a database of registered players, had not flagged Leota as a problem.
"On the same weekend as Ian played for us, we had another player, Steve Everleigh, who had not received a clearance and he didn't play," Crawley said.
"Because Ian had not played last season we thought he was right. We will have to be more careful and check players even if they have not played for a number of seasons."
Read the full story in Wednesday's The Daily Examiner.