Wolves’ Smith snubs ClubCall event

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Warrington are facing the threat of sanctions from the Rugby Football League after their former England coach Tony Smith snubbed Sunday’s ClubCall announcement.

Smith has consistently stated his opposition to the idea of a team choosing their Super League play-off semi-final opponents, labelling the concept a “gimmick” and claiming it provides extra motivation for the opposition.

He had suggested, following the Wolves’ opening play-off win over reigning champions Leeds, that he would toss a coin “if they make me participate” but, for the second year in a row, he opted not to attend the press conference.

That infuriated RFL officials and Smith’s absence will be referred to its compliance unit for investigation.

If the RFL finds there has been a breach of regulations, Warrington and Smith could be fined up to £10,000.

It is believed each of the four semi-finalists were given £5,000 to guarantee a high-profile presence at the press conference, with Warrington handed an additional £5,000 to cover the costs of hosting the event.