Morgan Knowles banned following Super League Grand Final

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The Rugby Football League’s match review panel have given St Helens forward Morgan Knowles a one-match ban following the Super League Grand Final.

The Super League Dream Team loose forward is likely to miss England’s World Cup warm-up match against Fiji at Salford on October 7.

The RFL’s MRP have given Knowles a one-match penalty notice for Grade A dangerous contact in Saints’ 24-12 win over Leeds at Old Trafford.

Knowles’ team-mate Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook has also been given a one-match suspension for Grade B contact with a match official. He will likely serve his suspension in a pre-season friendly in 2023.

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The build-up to the Grand Final was dominated by talk surrounding Knowles’ availability to play.

The former Wales international failed a challenge against a two-match penalty notice for Grade B dangerous contact in Saints’ win over Salford in the semi-finals. However, he was then cleared to play following a second appeal.

Assuming there is no appeal to Knowles’ ban this time, he will be suspended for their warm-up game against Fiji.

Knowles was unlikely to play in the warm-up game anyway. All players who featured in the Grand Final are unlikely to be considered by England boss Shaun Wane.

World Cup hosts England are in a group alongside Samoa, France and Greece.

In other ban-related news, John Bateman will miss England’s opening game against Samoa on October 15.

The Wigan forward was given a three-match ban for a high and late hit on Leeds’ Aidan Sezer. England Knights’ meeting with France B this Sunday will count as the first game. The Fiji warm-up will be his second and Samoa his third.

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7 Comments

  1. It wouldn’t have surprised me if his second appeal had been overturned, conveniently after the Grand Final. I’m down to the free to air programming now, it’s unlikely after the World Cup I’ll bothrr next season. The sport is a mockery, it appears only certain sides are allowed to shine, the sport lurchesvin a different direction every few years, from bein able to pack out Old Tafford and Elland Road for international matches now we can’t fill the Wigan, Hull, or Huddersfield stadia. The Grand Final was almost held in secret, you wouldn’t know from the national media it was taking place. The World Cup will be broadcasted on sufferance by the BBC, “and for those of you watching Rugby League for the first time” get’s run out at least twice a game. 1895, not a person alive remembers a time before the sport existed. They never say it for football, union, cricket, tennis, or other sport. It would be more appropriate to say “for those of you watching for the last time, fed up and disillusioned,looking for something else”, p

  2. It wouldn’t have surprised me if his second appeal had been overturned, conveniently after the Grand Final. I’m down to the free to air programming now, it’s unlikely after the World Cup I’ll bothrr next season. The sport is a mockery, it appears only certain sides are allowed to shine, the sport lurchesvin a different direction every few years, from bein able to pack out Old Tafford and Elland Road for international matches now we can’t fill the Wigan, Hull, or Huddersfield stadia. The Grand Final was almost held in secret, you wouldn’t know from the national media it was taking place. The World Cup will be broadcasted on sufferance by the BBC, “and for those of you watching Rugby League for the first time” get’s run out at least twice a game. 1895, not a person alive remembers a time before the sport existed. They never say it for football, union, cricket, tennis, or other sport. It would be more appropriate to say “for those of you watching for the last time, fed up and disillusioned,looking for something else”.

  3. This whole situation is farcical and makes a mockery of the judicial system.
    It’s not the first time either.
    And how many times do we see players serving out their suspension through friendlies or whilst being jnjured, or through supposed call ups for the national side?
    Its a bad joke.

    The punishment should fit the crime. It simply doesn’t in too many cases.

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