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Paul Gallen's hopes of a rugby league State of Origin call up are still alive after he was charged with a grade one careless high tackle.
The Cronulla backrower has been strongly tipped for inclusion when the NSW selectors name their team on Tuesday week for the third Origin match at Suncorp Stadium on July 4.
Those aspirations were in serious doubt when Gallen was put on report for a high shot on Warriors winger Patrick Ah Van on Saturday as a two-match suspension would have put him out of Origin contention. However, the grade one charge levelled by the match review committee means Gallen is now facing only a one match ban, whether or not he takes the early guilty plea.
That could be served in Cronulla's match against South Sydney on Sunday. Gallen was the only player charged from matches on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Meanwhile, Bulldogs superstar Sonny Bill Williams says he will be taking "drastic measures" to address his issues after a string of alcohol-related off-field incidents. Williams, 21, said he would be seeking professional help to deal with his drinking and would, in the meantime, abstain from alcohol.
New Zealand international Williams was fined $650 when police caught him urinating in public at Cronulla last weekend. The club have not announced any sanction against Williams. The latest incident was the third involving Williams, who also lost his drivers' licence for drink driving in 2005 and admitted to a pub toilet liaison with former surf iron woman Candice Falzon earlier this year.
Bulldogs five-eighth Ben Roberts was charged with drink-driving on the weekend and is currently meeting club officials.