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Woolford to learn of NRL appeal

By Laine Clark 18/07/2005 09:08:31 PM Comments (0)

Canberra skipper Simon Woolford is expected to learn on Tuesday if he has been successful in seeking leave to appeal his eight match ban for a dangerous throw.

But just days after the Raiders hooker's controversial ban prompted the league to hold an end-of-year judiciary review, Test props Shane Webcke and Mark O'Meley were used as examples to support the NRL judiciary system.

After being charged by the match review committee, Brisbane frontrower Webcke faces one week on the sidelines for a grade one dangerous throw but can escape suspension with an early plea.

And the Bulldogs' O'Meley will not face a ban over a grade one careless high tackle charge.

"Today's charge sheet emphasises how clean judiciary records and low-level offences can see players avoid suspension," NRL chief operating officer Graham Annesley said.

Annesley's comments came just days after he confirmed a judiciary review would held following Woolford's high profile case.

Woolford was hit with a grade two dangerous throw - a charge that carried a three match ban.

But due to Woolford's abysmal record - which included six previous but not similar offences - the Canberra hooker was ousted for eight games.

Canberra was told it would learn whether it would be granted leave to appeal Woolford's lengthy ban on Tuesday.

Canberra chief executive Simon Hawkins said Woolford was "holding up well".

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