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One-match ban for Warrington's Sims

Ashton Sims Credit: PA Images

Warrington prop Ashton Sims will lose his ever-present record in Super League XX after being given a one-match ban.

Sims, cited by the Rugby Football League's match-review panel, submitted an early-guilty plea to a grade B charge of punching Wigan stand-off George Williams during his side's 17-6 win over the Warriors last Thursday.

The Fiji international, who has appeared in all 23 matches for the Wolves since joining them from North Queensland Cowboys in the winter, will be one of three players sidelined through suspension when Warrington go to Wakefield on Sunday.

Fellow front rower Anthony England has one game left to serve of a four-match ban for spitting and second rower Ben Currie will complete a two-match ban for pushing a referee.

Hooker Daryl Clark is free to face the Wildcats after admitting a grade A offence of making dangerous contact on Williams in the same incident. He was not suspended but loses his right to an early-guilty plea for 12 months.

Warrington prop Sims facing RFL charge

Warrington prop Ashton Sims is accused of punching Wigan stand-off George Williams Credit: PA Images

Warrington prop Ashton Sims is facing an RFL charge after being accused of punching Wigan stand-off George Williams during his side's 17-6 win over the Warriors last Thursday.

The Fiji international, who has not missed a match for the Wolves since joining them from North Queensland Cowboys in the winter, was not pulled up for the offence during the game but was one of five players cited by the Rugby Football League's match review panel.

Sims is facing a grade B offence which carries a ban of one or two matches if found guilty.

His team-mate Daryl Clark has been charged with a minor grade A offence of making dangerous contact on Williams in the same incident.

Warrington already have two forwards, Anthony England and Ben Currie, suspended for Sunday's match at Wakefield, which sees the club's former England coach Tony Smith go up against his older brother Brian for the first time.

Sims and Clark have until 11am on Tuesday to submit early guilty pleas.

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Fans flock to charity rugby match for hero Tony Barrow

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More than a thousand fans showed their support for a former rugby league player diagnosed with cancer.

Stars of the game joined supporters to raise money for Tony Barrow who played for Oldham and Swinton.

The father of three has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of the disease.

Ou reporter Ralph Blunsom was there:

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Leigh Centurions sign France centre Pala

Leigh Centurions have signed France centre Mathias Pala Credit: Leigh Centurions

Leigh Centurions have signed France internation centre Mathias Pala from Catalans Dragons.

The 26-year-old has signed a contract up until the end of 2016 although the club has the option of extending his stay a further year.

Pala made his international debut for France against England in 2011, the same year he made his Super League debut for the Dragons.

Leigh Centurions Head of Rugby Derek Beaumont said:

“Mathias is very strong with good feet and is proven at Super League and international level so is a positive addition to our family."

“I am really looking forward to welcoming Mathias and ensuring he settles in with us quickly to put himself in contention for our next home game against Sheffield. I'm sure our fantastic fans will welcome Mathias with open arms and he will soon learn from them the Leyth language."

– Derek Beaumont, Leigh Centurions Head of Rugby

Red Devils' grieving brothers to play together for first time after father's death

Salford Red Devils' three Griffin brothers are set to play alongside each other for the first time on Saturday just four days after the death of their father.

33 year-old Darrell, 25-year-old Josh and 22-year-old George have declared themselves available for selection after speaking with Red Devils Head Coach Iestyn Harris and have been named in the squad for the Super League match against Widnes, which will open the Magic Weekend at Newcastle's St James' Park.

33-year-old Darrell will be joined by his brothers on the field for the first time this weekend Credit: PA Images

A minute's silence will be held before kick-off as a mark of respect to the Griffin family.

Josh broke the news of his father's death from a heart attack on Tuesday and admits it will be an emotional occasion on Saturday.

'Me and my brothers have put our hands up this week to play in memory of him,' he tweeted.

'Will be hardest thing.'

'He would have wanted us to take that field, he loved watching us play and I'm sure it's going to be an emotional experience.'

Salford's Josh announced the news of his father's death this week Credit: PA Images

Salford owner Marwan Koukash said:

'I have nothing but admiration for the strength and professionalism of the three brothers.'

The youngest of the brothers George joined his siblings at the AJ Bell Stadium in the winter. Darrell joined the club two and a half years ago, while Josh arrived last season.

22-year-old George, the youngest brother Credit: PA Images
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