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O'Meley charged, Gower set to skip final

By Brent Read 16/11/2004 05:10:52 AM Comments (0)

Kangaroos prop Mark O'Meley will face a disciplinary panel on Wednesday after being charged with striking following an incident in the Tri Nations rugby league Test against great Britain on Saturday.

O'Meley, who was on debut for the Kangaroos, was charged with striking after he sparked a melee late in the 24-12 Lions win.

However, team-mate Craig Fitzgibbon has been cleared of any wrong-doing after an altercation with Great Britain lock Paul Sculthorpe which led to the brawl.

Meanwhile, Australian halfback Craig Gower is prepared to rule himself out of the Tri-Nations final if he can't make it back on the field for this weekend's Test against France.

Gower hasn't played since aggravating a groin problem in the Kangaroos' win over Great Britain two weeks ago and isn't prepared to risk a return in the final - at Elland Road in Leeds on November 27 - without a game under his belt.

The Penrith skipper will hit the training paddock this week in an attempt to prove his fitness for Sunday's clash with France in Toulouse.

"In the last Test I couldn't run full pace at the end of the game and if I can't run full pace I'm not playing, it's as simple as that," Gower said.

Asked whether he meant only this week, Gower replied: "At all.

"If I can't get full pace and play this week ... I want to get a game under my belt.

"I have missed a month of footy and then going into the final, I don't want to let the team down."

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