September 28, 2022
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Milne misses World Cup after ban

Fiji Bati and South Sydney Rabbitohs centre Taane Milne will miss next month's Rugby League World Cup.
 
This is after Milne has been slapped with a six-game ban for his horror high tackle on Spencer Leniu and entered an early guilty plea to the charge.
 
He will join Cowboys forward Jason Taumalolo on the sidelines to start the opening World Cup matches after he was charged with a dangerous contact offence in the side's defeat to Parramatta.
 
sportingnews.com reports that Milne has been savaged by NRL fans and commentators after becoming the first player sent off in a finals match since 1994 on Saturday night.
 
Milne was given his marching orders after a horrible swinging arm collected Spencer Leniu straight in the face as the Panthers advanced to the grand final with a 32-12 win over South Sydney.
 
Leniu had just made a barnstorming charge after running over the top of Kodi Nikorima before coming to Latrell Mitchell and Milne near the try line.
 
Milne then produced one of the worst high tackles in recent years as his swinging arm connected with Leniu's face and left him heavily concussed.
 
There were ugly scenes as Leniu appeared to challenge Milne to a fight while both players were leaving the field - Milne because he was sent off and Leniu for a Head Injury Assessment.
 
Milne was the first player to be sent off in a finals match since Johnny Lomax and Gary Larson were both given their matching orders in 1994 for a spear tackle on David Furner in a match between North Sydney and Canberra.
 
By Romeka Romena 


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