Gold Coast enforcer Greg Bird will miss Saturday’s clash with St George Illawarra after failing to have a high tackle charge downgraded at the NRL judiciary on Wednesday night.
Bird will sit out this week after he was found guilty of a grade two charge for a late shot on James Maloney during Cronulla’s 25-20 win on Sunday.
The NSW and Australian back-rower was seeking a downgrade at the judiciary but was unsuccessful, meaning he won’t play this weekend.
Bird has now been suspended for a total 30 weeks during his career and is the fourth most suspended player of all time behind John Hopoate (45 weeks) and Luke O’Donnell and Craig Smith (32 weeks).
The 31-year-old was facing a week’s suspension even with an early guilty plea and had little to lose in electing to plead his case before the judiciary.
Meanwhile Cronulla’s Luke Lewis will miss his side’s trip to Canberra after pleading guilty to a shoulder charge on Luke Douglas in the same game.