Greenshields to return after ref jibe
Catalan Dragons expect to welcome back full-back Clint Greenshields for Saturday’s clash with Stobart Super League leaders Huddersfield Giants in Perpignan.
The Australian was punished by his club for calling referee Ben Thaler “retarded” on his Twitter account during the Dragons’ recent defeat at Leeds Rhinos.
Greenshields, who was fined 2,000 euros (£1,635) and suspended for three days by his club, is waiting to discover if he faces any additional punishment from the Rugby Football League, who referred the matter to their compliance manager.
Greenshields missed the Leeds game with a hamstring injury but coach Trent Robinson said he would have been fit to return for last Saturday’s Carnegie Challenge Cup fifth-round tie against Sheffield Eagles and expects to have him available to face the Giants.
“Clint will be back this week,” said Robinson. “Obviously he didn’t train with us at the back end of last week but he’s back in this morning.”
Robinson, who is hoping by imposing their own punishment his club have averted the threat of further action by the governing body, says Greenshields was full of remorse and that all his players have been reminded of the pitfalls of using Twitter.
“He felt remorse straight away,” added Robinson. “He was pretty upset with himself.
“We’re still waiting for a ruling from the RFL but obviously we’ve taken our own action and we’ve talked to the players about it. It can’t happen.”
The Dragons also hope former Warrington second rower Louis Anderson will be back for Saturday’s game after missing the Cup tie with a hamstring strain but they will be without loose forward Gregory Mounis for at least another three weeks after he broke a hand in the win over Warrington Wolves on Easter Monday.