The NRL have suggested a five-to-six week suspension for Patrick Carrigan for his “classic hip-drop” tackle on Jackson Hastings.
The Broncos have called on high profile lawyer Nick Ghabar to handle Carrigan’s case with the star forward to learn his fate on Tuesday night.
Carrigan was referred straight to the judiciary for the tackle.
Hastings will undergo ankle surgery and will miss the rest of the season as a result of the tackle, while Carrigan faces a nervous wait after entering a guilty plea to the dangerous contact charge.
The panel comprises of ex-player Dallas Johnson and former player and referee Henry Perenara as well as judiciary chairman Justice Geoff Bellew.
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CARRIGAN ARRIVES AS POTENTIAL BAN REVEALED
Patrick Carrigan had the option to appear via Zoom but chose to attend the hearing in person, along with team manager, Steve Walters.
Fox League’s Jake Duke told NRL 360 that the NRL have put forward a five-to-six week ban for Carrigan, taking into consideration the severity of Hastings’ injury.
“We haven’t heard from his defence yet but we do believe that they will talk about the effect the two other Broncos players in the tackle had on Pat Carrigan and they will reference a tackle in relation to Josh McGuire from Round 10 last year against the Storm. Josh McGuire received five weeks for that tackle,” Duke said.
“The council of the NRL has spoken this even and they are pushing for a five-to-six week penalty for this.
“The NRL’s council are arguing that it is a classic hip-drop tackle, they are citing Jackson Hastings’ medical report and they are suggesting that the serious nature of this offence is why Patrick Carrigan should serve a lengthy stint on the sidelines.”
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The judiciary hearing begins at 6pm on Tuesday at NRL headquarters.
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