Morgan Knowles free to play in Super League Grand Final following second successful appeal

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Morgan Knowles Credit: PA Images
Morgan Knowles Credit: PA Images

St Helens’ Morgan Knowles is now free to play in Saturday’s Super League Grand Final after a second successful appeal.

Knowles, 25, has seen his two-match ban overturned and will now be free to play at Old Trafford against Leeds Rhinos on Saturday.

St Helens failed their original appeal on Tuesday and Knowles’ suspension stood. However, a second appeal has seen them successful in overturning the decision.

Morgan Knowles wins second appeal

The RFL said in a statement: “St Helens’ Morgan Knowles is free to play in Saturday’s Super League Grand Final, following a successful second appeal against a two-match suspension.

After Tuesday’s independent tribunal rejected his first appeal, St Helens launched a second appeal claiming that the tribunal’s conclusion was ‘unreasonable’ based on the evidence presented.

“Tonight’s tribunal accepted that while there was some twisting to apply pressure to the limb of an opposing player, this did not exceed the normal range of movement and therefore could not have posed an ‘unacceptable risk of injury.”

The full minutes of the hearing will be available on the RFL website on Thursday morning.

It also means the international forward will be available for all of England’s games ahead of the World Cup. The loose forward was set to miss the friendly against Fiji due to his suspension.

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