Castleford’s Daryl Powell accuses RFL of neglect over player welfare

• Double-headers show ‘lacking of understanding’ regarding physical toll
• Castleford to protect at least six players by resting them against St Helens

Daryl Powell has accused the Rugby Football League of a “lack of understanding” following Super League’s second double-header round in less than six weeks, claiming the exertions placed on players makes a laughing stock of player welfare.

Castleford beat Widnes and Leigh over the bank holiday to remain top but Powell will make at least six changes for Sunday’s visit of St Helens, insisting he has to protect his players because the sport’s administrators are not. “The RFL are not going to look after the players so I’m going to do it – there’ll be a lot of changes,” Powell said. “We’re hardly halfway through the year and we’ve had two Friday-Monday turnarounds. There’s a lack of understanding from them of what happens on a day-to-day basis.

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