Lengthy ban for Hock

Prop now looks unlikely to play in Four Nations

Last Updated: 06/09/11 6:54pm

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Hock: recently returned from a two-year doping ban

Hock: recently returned from a two-year doping ban

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Wigan forward Gareth Hock will miss the rest of the season after being handed a five-match ban for gouging and punching. He was also fined £300.

The England international was found guilty of gouging during his side's 39-12 Super League defeat by Warrington at the Halliwell Jones Stadium on Sunday.

The grade E offence carries a suspension of between four and eight matches and the Rugby Football League's disciplinary commission imposed the minimum punishment.

Hock, who returned just over two months ago from a two-year doping ban for cocaine use, was also given a one-match ban for punching Warrington forward Ben Harrison in the closing moments of Sunday's game.

He was placed on report by referee Richard Silverwood for the punching incident but was subsequently cited by the RFL's match-review panel for the more serious charge of gouging.

Wigan have one regular season game to play - at home to Crusaders on Friday - and up to four play-off ties, including the October 8 Grand Final.

The suspension also effectively ends any hope Hock had of regaining his England place for the Four Nations Series.

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