For some, the rough-and-tumble game of rugby can get a little too rough and cause a serious tumble, as in fall from grace, the most recent example being Wests Tigers centre Tim Simona, who will get an undesirable three-week vacation for the grade-two dangerous contact charge leveled against him for his tackle on the Shark’s Jack Bird in the Cronulla 34 – 26 victory at Campbelltown Stadium.
He attempted to plead his case to the judiciary to have the charge downgraded, but his failure to do so means that instead of missing just two rounds by accepting the early guilty plea, he will also sit out a third game against Canberra.
The Tigers journey to Newcastle for their next match, but coach Jason Taylor has yet to select Simona’s replacement. Joshua Addo-Carr might be given a chance to come into the backline, where his speed will provide a welcome addition.
Professional leagues all over the world have recently gotten very particular about player welfare, with avoiding concussions that could have serious implications years after players retire being a high priority issue. The long-term implications of years of contact on the brain have been conclusively demonstrated by autopsies performed on the brains of former players showing an irrefutable connection.