Rugby League - Hock charged

England forward Gareth Hock could miss next month's clash with the Exiles after being charged with making deliberate contact with a referee.

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Rugby League - Hock charged

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Gareth Hock is accused of making deliberate physical contact with referee George Stokes

Hock, who was given a five-match ban in 2008 for manhandling referee Ian Smith while playing for Wigan, is accused for making deliberate physical contact with referee George Stokes during Widnes Vikings' 36-0 win over Workington in the Tetley's Challenge Cup fifth round tie at Derwent Park.

The 29-year-old Hock, who also served a two-year ban for using cocaine in 2009, has been charged with a grade D offence, which carries a suspension of between three and five matches, and will face the Rugby Football League's disciplinary committee in Leeds on Tuesday.

Hock, who is on a season-long loan from Wigan and is due to join Parramatta for 2014, is currently in camp with the England elite training squad preparing for their match against the Exiles at Warrington on Friday, June 14.

Widnes have four Super League fixtures before the international, including a game against Wigan for which Hock cannot play due to a clause in his loan agreement. Hock is one of seven Super League players to face charges for offences arising out of the weekend's Challenge Cup ties.

Hull KR's Australian forward Cory Paterson has been charged with committing a grade D reckless strike on Wigan stand-off Blake Green in the 10th minute of Rovers' 46-14 home defeat by the Warriors.

Three players have been charged with punching offences during Huddersfield's televised 24-8 win over Leeds at the John Smith's Stadium on Saturday.

Huddersfield centre Joe Wardle, who was sent off after 61 minutes for throwing a series of punches at Carl Ablett, is facing a grade C offence while team-mate Leroy Cudjoe and Leeds stand-off Danny McGuire have both been charged with grade A offences after coming to blows early in the second half.

The Giants pair are eligible for early-guilty pleas while McGuire must face a disciplinary hearing.

London Broncos prop forward Antonio Kaufusi has been charged with a grade C reckless strike on Bradford back rower James Donaldson and Salford prop Jordan James is facing a grade B charge of making dangerous contact with Warrington full-back Brett Hodgson. Kaufusi and James have until 11am on Tuesday to submit early-guilty pleas.

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