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Rugby League

Video: Sam Burgess facing ban over "squirrel grip" tackle

England forward has been accused of using the banned tackle on an opposition player and could face a two-match suspension

England forward Sam Burgess is facing a National Rugby League ban after he was accused of a “squirrel grip” tackle on Melbourne's Will Chambers.

Burgess is has been charged with grabbing Chambers between the legs during South Sydney's clash with the Storm on Friday.

The footage appears to show Burgess – one of four brothers who play for the South Sydney Rabbitohs – reach between Chambers legs before the centre is left writhing in pain on the floor, bringing the match to a temporary halt.

The former Bradford man was not punished by the referee at the time but now faces a two-game ban unless he can prove his innocence at a disciplinary hearing this week.

Burgess is expected to be a pivotal figure in England’s World Cup side as they look to claim the illustrious trophy on home soil later this year.

You can see the footage of the "squirrel grip" tackle below...