Sam Burgess sweats on ban decision
Dave Hadfield was a schoolboy convert to rugby league, the game which, one way or another, has dominated his life ever since. After working for newspapers in Shropshire and Blackpool (where he covered the fortunes of Blackpool Borough) he travelled the world, working mainly in Hong Kong and Sydney. He became The Independent's rugby league man in 1990 and has written five books on the game and broadcast extensively for Sky and the BBC. Dave played his last game at the age of 53 and would have set up a try if anyone could have been bothered supporting his break. When not writing about the sport, he now limits himself to a bit of tick and pass with his local club, the Bolton Mets. Family includes supporters - of varying degrees of dedication - of Salford, Wigan, Sheffield Eagles and St George Illawarra.
Sunday 27 October 2013
Sam Burgess will find out on Monday whether he faces a suspension that would end his World Cup.
The England forward was placed on report midway through the second half of the 28-20 defeat by Australia at Cardiff in the opening game.
Burgess was penalised by the referee, Henry Perenara, for a high tackle on Sam Thaiday.
A decision will be made by noon on whether the South Sydney player will face a judiciary hearing tomorrow evening. Losing him would be another major blow for the British pack, with Gareth Hock sent home and James Graham out of favour.
On the positive side, the England coach, Steve McNamara, was thrilled by the Test debut of Burgess’s younger brother, George.
He scored a try, had another disallowed and carried the ball with formidable strength.
“He was very, very good,” said McNamara. “He was a handful for the opposition.”
For Australia, Thaiday is likely to sit out against Fiji at St Helens on Saturday after concussion.
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