Hetherington and Powell face RFL over separate incidents

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LEEDS RHINOS chief exec’ Gary Hetherington and Castleford coach Daryl Powell have both run into trouble with the RFL over comments made following recent matches against St Helens.

An RFL statement said: “Gary Hetherington has been charged with improper conduct for questioning the motivation and integrity of an RFL investigation into an incident in his club’s First Utility Super League fixture against St Helens played on Friday, August 29. Mr Hetherington is charged with a breach of Operational Rule D1.8 (c) (Improper Conduct) by engaging in conduct which is prejudicial to the interests of the game. The charge will be heard by an independent Operational Rules tribunal on Wednesday, October 1.”

Hetherington accused the RFL of conducting a “witchhunt” against Rhinos full-back Zak Hardaker after the governing body began investigating comments allegedly made by the player during the game.

Hardaker was last week told he has no case to answer.

Powell has been fined £500 – half suspended until the end of next year – after criticising referee James Child following Tigers’ play-offs defeat at Langtree Park last week. He was deemed to have engaged in conduct prejudicial to the interests of the game, criticised a match official and breached the sport’s Respect Policy.

Meanwhile, forward Garreth Carvell seems to have played his final game for Tigers.

Carvell joined Cas from Hull, initially on loan, midway through the campaign, but has not played since suffering a head/neck injury during the final home game of the regular season, against Wakefield almost three weeks ago. Powell confirmed: “We won’t be offering him a playing contract.”

Carvell has been named in Wales coach John Kear’s squad for this autumn’s European Championships. Also included is Tigers prop Dan Fleming, who will join Bradford Bulls in the off-season and Dewsbury Rams’ new signing from Batley Bulldogs, Byron Smith.

Castleford Tigers star Luke Gale hopes to make a sensational return against St Helens in Thursday's semi-final. (Picture: Matthew Merrick/RL Photos)

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