Bird free to fly again in two weeks after charge downgraded

GREG Bird has had a successful night at the NRL judiciary, but still isn’t happy.

The Gold Coast co-captain claims players are confused about where they stand on lifting tackles, after he managed to have his grade three charge downgraded overnight.

It means he will miss the Titans local derby against the Broncos tomorrow night, as well as be ruled out of contention for Origin One.


Nine Wide World of Sports reports, Bird admitted he was hugely relieved to not be slugged with a six-week ban which he would have received had his case not been successful, ruling him out of the entire Origin series.

The back-rower saw his challenge on South Sydney winger Bryson Goodwin last Saturday reduced to a grade two offencel.

“Players are confused, when you have a big man coming at you, you can’t shoulder charge, you can’t dive in below the knees, now you can’t bend your back and drive,” Bird said.

“It is getting complicated and it will be interesting to see where it goes from here.”

Lock Ashley Harrison will also miss the Titans’ clash with Brisbane as he has not recovered from a concussion suffered in the loss to South Sydney.

Coach John Cartwright will name his replacement at training today.