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St George Illawarra prop Justin Poore is one of four players to cop suspensions after entering early guilty pleas to the NRL judiciary.
Poore will miss the struggling Dragons next two games after pleading guilty to a reckless high tackle in Sunday's clash with the Bulldogs.
North Queensland's Luke O'Donnell has pleaded guilty to striking and will miss the Cowboys' crucial match with Newcastle this weekend.
Melbourne backrower Michael Crocker has pleaded guilty to a dangerous throw charge, ruling him out of the NRL leader's next two matches against the Warriors and Canberra.
While Wests Tigers centre Jamaal Lolesi will miss the reigning premiers' final two matches of the season after pleading guilty to a careless high tackle charge.
Newcastle captain Andrew Johns will contest the severity of his grade three contrary conduct charge at the NRL judiciary tomorrow night.
Johns entered an early guilty plea to his grade three contrary conduct charge for allegedly verbally abusing a touch judge during his side's controversial loss to Manly on Friday night, but is contesting the severity of the grading.
The Knights halfback would have received a three-match ban with an early guilty plea, but risks being sidelined for four games if he is unsuccessful in seeking a downgrade. A four-match ban means Johns will not be available for Newcastle until the third week of the play-offs.
The Sydney Roosters have signed former Cronulla and Queensland Origin prop Danny Nutley to a two-year deal with the NRL club. Nutley was granted a release from the final two years of his contract with English Super League side Castleford after citing his desire the return to Australia with his young family.
The 31-year-old joins fellow forward Nate Myles as big-name additions to the Roosters pack for next season, countering the loss of Adrian Morley back to England.