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Canterbury striker Corey Waddell will face an NRL court on Tuesday night after being referred straight to a hearing by the Match Review Committee.
Waddell has been charged with dangerous contact following an incident in the 23rd minute of his side’s win over the Gold Coast at the CommBank Stadium on Sunday.
The back rower caught Titans captain Tino Fa’asuamaleaui in the face during a tackle and the Maroons striker immediately protested to referee Ben Cummins that he had his eyes gouged out.
After the game, he told Fox League he didn’t think the Bulldogs forward intended to cause any damage.
“It’s just football. Sometimes your hand goes somewhere and you don’t know where it is,” he said. “I guess it was just around my forehead and it hit my eye, but it was just accidental.
“I didn’t talk to him [after the game] but it’s just an incident on the pitch where it’s accidental.
“Your hand ends up in places you don’t know.”
Wests Tigers winger Ken Maumalo faces a $1,000 to $1,500 fine for a shoulder charge against Cowboys playmaker Tom Dearden in Sunday’s controversial one-point win over North Queensland in Townsville.
Cronulla will also go to NRL court on Tuesday night to plead not guilty to the level three dangerous contact charge brought against Dale Finucane.
The veteran lock was charged by the Match Review Panel following a 72nd-minute tackle on Panthers center Stephen Crichton in the loss to Penrith which left the NSW representative with a grave ear lacerated that coach Ivan Cleary likened to a car accident injury.
Ponga season in doubt
Kalyn Ponga may have played his last game of 2022 with the Newcastle full-back to see specialists this week to determine if he needs an extended break after a series of concussions.
The Knights star was sent off early in the loss to the Roosters at the weekend, his third concussion in the last two months.
The club are reportedly considering ending their season early to give them the best possible chance of a full recovery. Newcastle are in 14th place and have no chance of advancing to the final after losing in Round 19.
“It’s weird, I’m kind of being guided now by the specialists and I’ll see them as soon as I can and really go from there,” Ponga told The Matty Johns Show on Sunday night.
“I’m not really too sure, I’m guided by what the specialist says. It’s an unfortunate thing, you can’t really do physio on your brain or anything like that, it’s just time away from the game.
Knights Immortal Andrew Johns said earlier today that Ponga is not expected to return to the field until 2023.
“They’re not going to qualify for the semi-finals, so why would you risk a player like Kalyn?” Johns said on The Sunday Footy Show.
“I think that’s it for the year. Just let him take time because he is too important for the team.
The Sea Eagles will wear an ‘inclusive’ rainbow jersey
Manly made history by announcing they will become the first NRL team to wear a rainbow jersey “to celebrate inclusiveness” when they face the Roosters at 4 Pines Park on Thursday night.
The ‘Everyone in the League’ jersey is the first of its kind for an NRL club while the AFL and AFLW have held a pride round for some years.
Sea Eagles interim CEO Gary Wolman said the club is proud of the jersey which embraces the LGBTQIA+ community.
Former international Ian Roberts became the first professional sportsman in Australia to say he was openly gay during his career while playing for the Sea Eagles in the 1990s.
“The Sea Eagles have such a rich and diverse history in rugby league and in the community,” Wolman said.
“To be able to bring this concept to life with Dynasty Sport is a fantastic achievement and we are thrilled to be able to share such an important message that means so much to so many people in the community.”
Dynasty Sport Founder Tyler Rakich said: “The design itself retains the iconic manly DNA with the striped design and brown, but with the subtle inclusion of the rainbow colors which are a nod. eye for inclusivity for everyone in League.”
The Dogs reject Storm’s loan request for Foxx
Melbourne are desperately trying to bolster their outside backs ahead of the August 1 signing deadline, but Canterbury have rejected an attempt by the Storm to bring Josh Addo-Carr back for the rest of the season.
The Storm asked if the Dogs would loan them The Foxx after fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen became the latest outside back to suffer a serious injury with his fractured kneecap sidelining him until 2023.
Reimis Smith and George Jennings also left for the year.
The Sydney Morning Herald reported that Addo-Carr would have returned to Canterbury after the short-term switch to see out the final two years of his contract under Storm’s proposal, but they were not interested.
Addo-Carr scored three tries in Sunday’s 36-26 triumph over the Titans and, despite missing out on State of Origin selection for NSW, is a favorite for a wing spot in the Australia squad for the World Cup.
According to SMHThe Storm also asked about rising Titans star Jayden Campbell and Tigers duo Daine Laurie and Adam Doueihi, as they tried unsuccessfully to get Broncos fullback Reece Walsh from the Warriors last week. .
Coates is set to return from the ankle injury he suffered in Origin I. The Storm have fallen to fifth after a four-game losing streak and will travel to Auckland on Friday to face the Warriors.