Busy times for the Union again as members continue to bring shame to themselves and the fine name of this Union.
First up though, a bit of praise. We actually missed this one from the last report but full kudos to Hull (West) member Mr O'Meley for taking out some poncey hooker with a huge hit. Also Mr O'Meley continues to set footwear standards for the membership and we wish him a speedy recovery from his recent injury.
We'd like to welcome our youngest member into the fray so far, a whippersnapper from the London chapter by the name of Olsi Krasniqi. He's only 17 year old this lad but the Hon Treasurer must have had a weak moment when it was decided only to charge him at a concessionary rate for the subs until he turns 18. A pity though, he's blotted the copybook already by scoring a try on debut and wearing some dodgy blue and white boot combination. Thankfully, Kylie Leuluai (Leeds) straightened the poor bugger out at the weekend on behalf on the committee with an absolute monster hit which left the poor lad winded and being dragged off a couple of moments later. The committee wish to place on record their thanks for Mr Leuluai on his actions in this case.
The Wakefield problem seems to be getting worse and worse. After receiving registration papers for Charles Leaeno he immediately breached Union guidelines on debut by sporting a pair of white boots. Although we don't really care what non-members wear it was a disturbing sight to see 15 out of the 17 Wakefield players on show sporting non-black boots. The influence of Messers King, Moore and Korkidas in that club is beginning to show. Also Stuart Fielden (Wigan) was spotted in white boots during the same game, disappointing that such an experienced member of this fine Union has now taken this line.
Benjamin Harrison (Warrington) was spotted wearing inappropriate footwear last week during their game against Hull KR. For gods sake lad, you were on the telly and you ain't going to get away with it. Then again, Joel Clinton (Hull (East)) disgraced himself by not just wearing that poncey white and blue boot combination but actually kicking the ball as well.
David Ferriol (Perpignan) and Brendan Rawlins (Keighley) are also up on ball-kicking charges. Thanks to @StealthComic on that Twitter for grassing up the latter who committed two offences in the same game.
There was some prop-on-prop action between members of the Huddersfield and Bradford chapters. Nicholas Scruton smashed Keith Mason with a ferocious hit in the game at the Odsal Superdome. Mr Mason wanted to chat about it afterwards. Words are nothing son. Use your fists.
That's all for now. We'll have our spies out and about this weekend, but if you see anything untoward or praiseworthy, let us know on here or on the Chairman's Twitter.