Sydney Roosters forward Nate Myles will accept a three week suspension with an early guilty plea to a grade three striking charge laid against him today.
Myles was charged over his 54th minute hit on Canberra fullback William Zillman in last night's 37-28 NRL loss to the Raiders. Myles would have faced a four week ban if he unsuccessfully contested the charge. Gold Coast lock Luke Swain will front the NRL judiciary tomorrow night to contest his grade two striking charge for a late elbow to Brisbane's Shane Perry last Friday.
Swain has entered an early guilty plea but will contest the severity of the charge in a bid to get it downgraded from a two week suspension to one. St George Illawarra's Beau Scott has pleaded guilty to a dangerous throw and has been banned for two games while Penrith's Paul Aiton has also entered an early plea to escape suspension for his dangerous throw.
Meanwhile, Newcastle will temporarily retire their number seven jersey for this Sunday's match against Brisbane at EnergyAustralia Stadium as part of a tribute to Andrew Johns.
Knights halfback Jarrod Mullen will wear jersey number 18 in the match as the Newcastle community farewells newly-retired captain Johns. Before the match, Johns's 1997 and 2001 premiership winning teammates will form a guard of honour on the field for the former Australian and NSW captain.
Newcastle coach Brian Smith says hooker Danny Buderus should be fit to play despite chipping a bone in his little finger last week against South Sydney.Like