Hudson avoids biting charges

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Ryan Hudson had been accused of biting Wigan star Sam Tomkins
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Ryan Hudson had been accused of biting Wigan star Sam Tomkins

Castleford hooker Ryan Hudson will not be charged with biting England international Sam Tomkins after the Rugby Football League decided there was insufficient evidence.

The Wigan full-back made the claim during his side's 40-16 Super League win over the Tigers at the DW Stadium last Friday. The incident was put on report by referee George Stokes and the RFL's match-review panel requested more information from Wigan before deciding whether to bring any charges.

A spokesman said: "The RFL compliance manager has deemed that there is insufficient evidence to support an allegation of biting by Castleford Tigers hooker Ryan Hudson in a Stobart Super League Round 22 match against Wigan Warriors."

The news will come as a disappointment to Wigan coach Shaun Wane, who said earlier: "If one of my players did that, they wouldn't need suspending - I would not accept it.

"I am surprised he's done that. Ryan Hudson is a good professional, he must have had a brain explosion."

Hull prop Mark O'Meley has been fined £500 for punching Salford captain Stephen Wild during his side's 34-26 win over the Reds at the KC Stadium on Sunday

The disciplinary committee decided not to suspend O'Meley, who was sin-binned for the offence, after taking into consideration his guilty plea, but imposed a fine to reflect the potential for injury.

Wild, who was also charged with the same grade A offence of punching, was suspended for one match after submitting an early-guilty plea.

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