Greg Bird is set to miss most of NSW’s State of Origin campaign for his ugly tackle on New Zealand’s Jason Nightingale in Sunday’s rugby league Test.
The veteran forward faces up to eight matches on the sidelines after being hit with a grade two dangerous throw charge by the match review committee on Monday.
Due to three similar offences in the past two years and loading, the offence carries with it a six-week ban if Bird takes the early guilty plea.
If he decides to fight the charge at the judiciary and loses, he will be suspended for eight games.
Bird lifted Nightingale’s legs as the Kiwis winger was upended in a 74th minute tackle during the Kangaroos’ 26-12 loss at Suncorp Stadium.
Josh Reynolds’ hopes of retaining his NSW jersey have also suffered a blow, with the Blues incumbent five-eighth facing a one-game ban for tripping.
City playmaker Reynolds was hit with a grade one tripping charge for his ugly effort on Country forward Tariq Sims at Wagga Wagga on Sunday.
Due to loading and carry over points, the offence carries a one-match ban if Reynolds takes the early guilty plea.
That will rule him out of Canterbury’s visit to Townsville on Saturday to face North Queensland, leaving him just one more game to impress Blues coach Laurie Daley before he chooses his side on May 19 for game one.
If he fights the ban and loses, Reynolds will be outed for two games.
Kangaroos back-rower Sam Thaiday is also set for a week’s holiday for his ‘crusher’ tackle on Kiwis forward Martin Taupau.
The Brisbane star was handed a grade one dangerous contact head/neck charge and will earn a week’s ban with the early guilty plea. The same penalty applies if he fights the charge and loses.
In other charges from the representative weekend, Melbourne’s Tongan forward Felise Kaufusi also faces a week ban for a grade one dangerous contact charge for a tackle on Samoa’s Josh McGuire in Saturday’s clash on the Gold Coast.