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Three year deal for Lee Mossop

Lee Mossop Credit: PA

Wigan Warriors have re-signed Lee Mossop on a three-year deal. Mossop, a product of the Wigan Warriors Academy, made his debut in 2008 before going on to make 111 appearances for the Wigan Club.

He left last year to join Parramatta Eels in the NRL for the 2014 season and has been released from his contract with the Eels to assist with salary cap and joins the Warriors with immediate effect. Having had advanced surgery to both shoulders in the past 12 months, Lee will continue his recovery with Wigan and is scheduled to be match fit in late February. The 25-year-old Prop Forward joins Joel Tomkins in returning to the Warriors recently having spent time elsewhere.

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Lance Hohaia accepts one-match ban for striking Flower

St Helens' Lance Hohaia Credit: PA

Lance Hohaia has accepted a one-match ban for his forearm strike which sparked the punches from Ben Flower during Saturday's Super League Grand Final between St Helens and Wigan.

Hohaia,who caught Flower off the ball, was knocked to the ground by the Wigan prop's first punch and then lay motionless as Flower landed a second on his face.

Flower will face a Rugby Football League disciplinary tribunal on Tuesday evening, which carries anything from an eight-match ban.

Saints confirm they've spoken to police as clubs await RFL decision on Flower

The scene during Saturday's Grand Final. Credit: PA

St Helens will wait for the verdict on Ben Flower after his punch on Lance Hohaia before deciding whether to take the matter further.

The Wigan forward was handed a Grade F charge, the most severe option open to the Rugby Football League's match-review panel, for the punches that marred Saturday's Super League Grand Final.

The Wales international can expect a ban of eight matches or more when he appears in front of a disciplinary tribunal at the RFL's headquarters in Leeds on Tuesday evening, and Saints will await the outcome with interest after meeting with Greater Manchester Police (GMP) about the incident.

St Helens chief executive Mike Rush said: "I can confirm I have spoken to the police but we will allow the RFL to carry out their due process before making any further comment."

A police spokesman said the GMP will also be in consultation with the RFL and, if appropriate the Crown Prosecution Service, in order to decide what, if any, action to take.

Rush pointed out that any decision to take legal action would be ultimately be made by Hohaia, who insisted in the immediate aftermath of Saturday's 14-6 win over the Warriors that he bore no grudges against Flower.

Hohaia, who went to see a specialist and to have scans on his cheekbone on Monday afternoon, was also charged by the match-review panel for striking the first blow that sparked the furore at Old Trafford.

The former New Zealand international was handed a grade B charge, which carries a ban of one or two matches, and is eligible to submit an early-guilty plea to accept the lower sanction and avoid a hearing.

Wigan chairman Ian Lenagan has confirmed that his club will accompany Flower to the hearing but re-affirmed their backing for the tough stance taken by the RFL.

"We think it's the right level of charge," Lenagan said. "We will be there to support him but not in any way to argue that his actions were reasonable or allowable.

"We make it very clear that Ben's actions on Saturday were not the actions we want of a Wigan player or of any rugby league player. Ben acknowledged that and he is devastated by the damage his actions have caused.

"If you had seen Ben crying his eyes out on Saturday following the realisation of what his actions had done and the terrible nature of that second punch in particular, you would see the lad was devastated."

Rugby star claims officials overreacted to attack

Wigan rugby legend Martin Offiah says there's been an over reaction to Ben Flower's attack on Lance Hohaia in the Super League grand final.

The Wigan prop was sent off in the third minute and faces at least an eight match ban.

Hohaia has also been charged with striking. Greater Manchester Police is investigating.

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Flower's punch "overshadowed" Grand Final

Ben Flower. Credit: ITV News

Flower's attack on Hohaia in only the second minute completely overshadowed Saints' 14-6 victory over the defending champions at Old Trafford on Saturday, with the prop's double punch receiving widespread criticism.

His charge carries a minimum eight-game match ban although the RFL could opt to give the 26-year-old an even longer suspension.

Hohaia, unlike Flower, has the option of submitting an early guilty plea by 11am on Tuesday, with his charge carrying a ban of between one and two matches.

The 31-year-old instigated proceedings and Flower took exception to an apparent use of a forearm by blatantly punching the former New Zealand international to the ground with a right hook before landing another punch to the face as his opponent lay motionless on the pitch.

Flower will have his hearing on Tuesday evening in front of an independent disciplinary tribunal in Leeds and St Helens may wait until then before deciding whether to take any legal action themselves after being incensed over the incident.

While Hohaia appeared to bear no grudges towards Flower, saying "people do some things they regret", Saints chief executive Mike Rush is keen for normal disciplinary procedure to take place.

"It did look bad and there is no place for that," Rush said. "We'll wait for the league to take the appropriate steps before passing comment and we will then consider our position.

"When Lance was knocked out on the floor, to get another punch to the head was probably what the fans and the public didn't like seeing.

"Leading up to that, you know rugby is a combative sport and ferocious, but obviously once Lance has hit the deck, what went on afterwards was sad to see."

Rugby league pair face RFL action

Wigan forward Ben Flower faces a lengthy ban after being charged for his attack on St Helens half-back Lance Hohaia in the Super League Grand Final.

Flower could receive a suspension of more than eight matches after he was sent off for twice striking Hohaia, including once while the Saints man was on the floor, with the Rugby Football League's match review panel taking a dim view of the incident.

He has been charged with a Grade F offence - the most serious on the RFL's sliding scale - and is accused of "violent and aggressive punching on an off-guard opponent".

Hohaia has been charged with a lesser Grade B offence for starting the flare-up by putting a forearm into the face of Flower.

"Ben Flower of Wigan Warriors has been charged with the Grade F offence of violent and aggressive punching/punching an off-guard opponent (Lance Hohaia) in the second minute of the match.

"Hohaia has been charged with the Grade B offence of striking Flower with the forearm in the second minute."

– The Rugby Football League
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