Hull KR: Cockayne And Watts Suspended

29 June 2011, 09:17

Hull KR have suspended both Ben Cockayne and Liam Watts with immediate effect.

27 year old Cockayne was handed his final warning by the club just 6 weeks ago, he's started each of Rovers' last 13 league and cup matches.

We don't know why the club's taken the action but it's though to be in connection with a police chase that ended when a car crashed into a wall.

A statement on the Robins' website said:

'The club will be making no further comment or taking any further questions on the matter pending the outcome of an internal investigation, the timescale for which cannot be determined at this stage.

'Everyone at the club intend to concentrate all efforts on ensuring a strong end to the season.'

Cockayne, who joined Hull KR from Doncaster in 2006, was fined and issued with a final warning in May for comments he made on a social networking site.

He was the subject of a police investigation relating to the alleged racist comments made on Facebook about a taxi driver.

In 2009, he received a 12-month suspended sentence for assault causing actual bodily harm, which resulted in Rovers suspending him from playing for two months.

Cockayne, who was man of the match in Rovers' National League Grand Final triumph in 2006, is out of contract at the end of the season.

Watts, 20, is a Castleford-born second rower or prop who has made 15 appearances for the club this season.

Today's news is the latest blow in a turbulent season for the Robins, who parted company with controversial Australian forward Willie Mason after just six matches and were last week reported to be considering the future of coach Justin Morgan.

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