BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 12: Hudson Young of the Raiders is tackled during the round nine NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Canberra Raiders at Suncorp Stadium on May 12, 2019 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Albert Perez/Getty Images)

Raiders Hudson Young is facing a massive seven-match ban after being charged with an alleged eye gauge by the NRL’s match review committee.

Young committed the act to Bulldog Aiden Tolman in the 34th minute of Canberra’s 12-10 win on Saturday night.

He was charged with grade-three dangerous contact and placed on report by referee Grant Atkins during the game.


Young will receive a five-game ban if he submits an early guilty plea but could miss seven matches if he unsuccessfully challenges at the judiciary due to prior offences.

Asked about the incident post-match Raiders coach Ricky Stuart said: “I haven’t seen it again. I asked Hudson what it was and he put his hands on his face, didn’t he?”

Additionally, Manly forward Corey Waddell has been hit with a three-game ban for an incident with Penrith’s Liam Martin in Thursday night’s clash.

Waddell could have his suspension downgraded to two games if he submits an early guilty plea, but risks adding an extra game if he unsuccessfully challenges.


  1. And yet, McGuire cops nothing but a fine, and Munster only gets fined for kicking joey manu in the head in the GF because it would have meant missing test matches. Consistency???

  2. This is a joke. Back in the eighties eye-gouging would get you a 12 week ban, just ask Steve Linane. Do the NRL now think it’s not a serious offense anymore. They used to say it was the lowest dog act of the game and it is. This should be the end of his season!

  3. Linnane was who I was thinking of when I said Young’s getting off lightly. Linnane got 20 weeks in 1987.

  4. Probably right it was 20 weeks, but it was huge whatever amount. Anyway 7 weeks is an effing joke from NRL.

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