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Rugby League Star Joel Tomkins Cops Eight-Game Ban For 'Finger Up The Bum’ Incident

Rugby League Star Joel Tomkins Cops Eight-Game Ban For 'Finger Up The Bum’ Incident

Joel Tomkins has been slapped with a massive ban after seemingly attempting to put his finger up an opponent's backside.

Yes, that's right.

A finger up the bum.

Joel Tomkins during his time with Hull KR. Credit: PA
Joel Tomkins during his time with Hull KR. Credit: PA
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Catalan Dragons star Tomkins will now miss eight Super League games as punishment for his actions.

The suspension is the longest and most severe that can be handed out for an incident of that nature.

The moment occurred during the Dragons' clash with Leeds Rhinos in the Super League play-off.

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Tomkins's Dragons came out on top on the night, but the game itself was marred by the rather shocking incident.

With almost 55 minutes gone, Leeds star Richie Myler stripped the ball and successfully regained possession for his team.

But he was instantly met with a huge tackle from Tomkins and one of his Catalan teammates.

Joel Tomkins is tackled against Leeds Rhinos. Credit: PA
Joel Tomkins is tackled against Leeds Rhinos. Credit: PA

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While he was scrambling on the turf for a quick play of the ball, Tomkins' hand reached round towards Myler's backside.

And, you can take a wild guess at what unfolded.

As the trio finally got to their feet, Myler made the match referee aware of what had happened but his appeals fell on deaf ears.

The television replays were damning to say the least.

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The Super League's disciplinary panel intervened and hit Tomkins with a Grade F charge meaning he would miss eight games.

Surprisingly, this isn't the first time a finger-up-the-bum incident has occurred on a rugby league field.

John Hopoate was famously banned for 12 NRL games back in 2001 after a string of incidents during his time with Wests Tigers.

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Hopkins' similar rush of blood is now being described as doing 'a John Hopoate'.

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Max Sherry is a journalist for SPORTbible Australia. After migrating Down Under from London as a teenager, he instantly fell in love with Aussie sport and its culture. From NRL to AFL, cricket to rugby — you name it, Max watches it (with a beer in hand, of course). During his time at Fox Sports, he worked in the football department covering the Premier League, A-League, Socceroos and Matildas. Born a stone's throw away from West Ham's training ground, Max is obviously a die-hard Liverpool fan.