‘Error’ to blame for banned Hansen’s appearance

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HARRISON Hansen should not have played in Sunday’s friendly against Wigan, the RFL has confirmed.

The ex-Warriors forward started the game for Leigh despite having a one-game ban to serve.

A spokesman for the RFL blamed an “administrative error” for the oversight.

Leigh had included Hansen in the squad list which they lodged with the RFL, and presumed he was clear to play when his selection wasn’t flagged up.

The game’s governing body will speak to Leigh officials about the issue but said, as it was a friendly, there would be no further repercussions.

Hansen will now serve his ban by missing the Centurions’ pre-season game at Warrington this weekend.

The 30-year-old was handed a one-game suspension for a dangerous throw in his last match for Salford in 2015.

A player can serve the punishment in pre-season but, under the rules, it should have been Leigh’s first match - which was last Sunday’s home 26-20 win against the Warriors.

The Championship club had said in the build-up that he would be unavailable, but he figured in the second-row and even took the Arthur Thomas award as man of the match.

Asked to explain his selection after the game, Centurions coach Paul Rowley said: “We put our squad in (with the RFL) and there were no dramas surrounding it. My understanding is you put your squad in, and if there are no objections, you play your team.

“It wouldn’t have fazed me if he hadn’t played.”

Wigan coach Shaun Wane said yesterday he was “unconcerned” about the issue.

Meanwhile, Wane said prop Lee Mossop is to have his shoulder injury – suffered in the Leigh loss – scanned. But he repeated he didn’t think it was serious and he could even figure in Sunday’s second and final senior friendly, at Salford on Sunday.

Centre Dan Sarginson has an “outside chance” of playing, in what would be his first game since July.

Many of the fringe and Under-19s players who figured in the game at Leigh are set to play for a Wigan XIII against London Skolars tomorrow.

Wane says some of them may be asked to back up and play against Salford two days later.

George Williams is likely to be the only one of his five England internationals who figures in Sunday’s friendly.