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Leeds Rhinos' Brett Ferres charged over 'crusher' tackle

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Leeds Rhinos forward Brett Ferres is facing a ban of up to eight matches after being charged over a tackle which left an opponent with a serious back injury.<

The England second rower was sent to the sin bin for the 'crusher' tackle on centre Oliver Gildart during the Rhinos' 26-18 Super League win over Wigan at Headingley last Friday.<

Gildart was due to see a neurologist on Monday, with Wigan coach Shaun Wane expecting him to be sidelined for between two and three months with what he called "a serious back injury".<

Ferres announced on Twitter that he had apologised to Gildart for the tackle, insisting he would never intentionally hurt an opponent, but the Rugby Football League's match review panel ruled it was one of the more serious offences, a grade E charge which carries a ban of between four and eight games.

The former Bradford, Wakefield, Castleford and Huddersfield player, who missed the first five matches of the season with a hamstring injury, does not have the option to submit an early-guilty plea and so will face a hearing on Tuesday.

Leigh duo Adam Higson and Jamie Acton have both been charged with grade A offences arising from their team's home defeat by Widnes.<

Winger Higson can avoid a ban by submitting an early-guilty plea while prop forward Acton must facing a hearing in Leeds on Tuesday.<