Central players are prepared to risk a fine of up to $500 following their decision to put duck shooting ahead of play in Saturday's round of Hawke's Bay's premier club rugby competition.

Northfuels Central manager Ian Large confirmed Friday that a combination of injuries and today's opening day of the duck shooting season forced the team to default their ninth round Tui Nash Cup encounter against Tremains Andrew Clark Clive at Farndon Park.

"Ten of the 15 players unavailable will be away duck shooting. Others including two of our props have niggly injuries so we wouldn't have been able to

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