Australia's 'T Rex' charged with high tackle on England's Westwood

Australia forward Tony Williams has been charged with a high tackle on England second rower Ben Westwood.

Australia forward Tony Williams has been charged with a high tackle on England second rower Ben Westwood.

England coach Steve McNamara claimed the burly Manly Sea Eagles player, known as T Rex because of his bulk, should have been sent off for the offence, which happened early in the second half of Australia’s 36-20 Gillette Four Nations win at Wembley on Saturday.

Williams was placed on report by referee Henry Perenara and was today charged by an international match-review panel after they studied the incident.

He has until 11am tomorrow to accept the charge, which carries an automatic one-match ban, or contest it in front of an international disciplinary panel tomorrow evening.

The suspension would rule Williams out of Australia’s final group match against Wales in Wrexham on Sunday but leave him free to play in the final at Elland Road the following Saturday.

Wales prop Craig Kopczak is set to miss Sunday’s game after being charged with an illegal tackle that broke the jaw of New Zealand front rower Sam McKendry.

The Bradford player is accused of making a dangerous shoulder charge on McKendry during his side’s 36-0 defeat by the Kiwis in the opening match at Wembley.

Like Williams, Kopczak has the right to fight the charge or accept a one-match ban.

Wales team-mate Neil Budworth has been given a formal caution for a high tackle earlier in the match on the unfortunate McKendry, who has undergone surgery after being ruled out of the rest of the tournament.

A statement from the RFL read: “Two players are facing one-match suspensions after an international match-review panel charged them with making illegal tackles during last Saturday’s Gillette Four Nations matches.

“Wales forward Craig Kopczak has been charged with making a dangerous shoulder charge on Sam McKendry of New Zealand in the 55th minute of the opening match at Wembley.

“Australia forward Tony Williams has been charged with making a high tackle to the head of Ben Westwood of England in the 47th minute of the second match at Wembley.

“Both players have until 11am on Tuesday to accept the charges, which carry an automatic one-match ban, or contest them in front of an International Disciplinary Committee, which would convene on Tuesday evening.”

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