TOWNSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 08: Josh McGuire of the Cowboys looks dejected after losing the round 21 NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Brisbane Broncos at 1300SMILES Stadium on August 08, 2019 in Townsville, Australia. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

North Queensland’s Josh McGuire has told the team he will stop his malicious facial tactics after copping a three-match ban for his latest conduct charge on Brisbane’s David Fifita, as reported by The Sydney Morning Herald. 

It marks McGuire’s third offence this season for rubbing opponent’s faces after copping financial sanctions for attacking Melbourne’s Cameron Munster and Manly’s Dylan Walker.

The altercation with Fifita saw the match review committee hand McGuire a grade-two charge, which carried a three-match ban with an early plea or a four-game suspension if he unsuccessfully fought the suspension at the judiciary.

Knowing he would have been found guilty given he pleaded as such for his previous offences, McGuire accepted the early plea.

Former Manly and Kangaroos star Mark Carroll did not hold back in his thoughts towards McGuire, telling NRL Tonight on Friday: “I’ve called him the human grub because we can’t have this in our game. Anyone touching anyone’s eyes is an absolute disgrace.”

Carroll added that Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga should ban McGuire from Test selection.

“Mal works on a no dickhead policy … I’ll say no more,” he said.

However, Meninga told The Sydney Morning Herald on Friday: “He’ll be in the mix, and while I like his aggression and niggle and the way he plays, he just needs to keep his hands off other players’ heads. That stuff is silly.”

The lock forward will miss games against Newcastle, Penrith and Canterbury and return for the final round clash of the season against Melbourne.

7 COMMENTS

  1. McGuire only does this because he knows players cant retaliate. 5 years ago a player like David Fifita would have held McGuire to account on the field and it would be well deserved.

  2. The battle is on fir “GRUB OF THE YEAR”
    George Burgess has applied the pressure scoring a 2nd gouging offence with a nine game suspension, however fellow rival Eye Gouger grub Maguire has thrown his 3hats in the ring with 3 facial attacks only landing fingers in the eye according to the judiciary on two occasions out of three attempts.
    While Sam Burgess the English man wants revenge against headhunters after Captain Cook was snuffed out by the head hunting Hawaiians a couple of centurys ago.
    In a one two finish reminiscent of the 1977 Bathurst 1000 win by Bond and Moffat, I’d say George and Sam Burgess are one and two followed by Maguire for a bronze medal.

  3. Yea I dunno bout that waywardwoody. I reckon ole McGuire has one last really good grub act in him to help propel him over the finish line for one last surge for that gold medal.

  4. I’m with Cookeem Eddy, Maguire has one last game in him in rnd25 to grab outright grub.

    Sam Burgess could come storming in also with three games to grab the lead but he needs to take his brother George favourite tactic to take the lead. Just relying on head highs might not be enough.

  5. MR EDwooddope doesnt it stand to reason that the NRL player that has been charged with most appearances before judiciary be awarded GRUB of the YEAR?
    Does being a rooster player make him exempt from this award like the exemption the roosters appear to be granted with the salary cap?

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