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Patrick Carrigan, hip-drop tackle, Jackson Hastings injury, suspension, Brisbane Broncos

Paul Kent has urged the NRL to “stand up and show some balls” by banishing all hip drops from the game.

Incoming Broncos star Patrick Carrigan – who was handed a four-game ban for his hip drop on Jackson Hastings – will now miss the rest of the season with a broken leg and syndesmosis injury.

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NRL 360 host Bryce Anasta said the hip-drop tackle “has got to go”, before Kent described it as “learned behaviour”.

Kent Hastings has called on the NRL to pay close attention to the damage he has caused.

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The Eels outside the backfield have been victims of hip-dropping this year. He tore his ACL, PCL and MCL due to a five-game suspension from Dragons forward Tyrell Fumaono.

“Why is it even in the game?” he asked.

“That’s what gives me the sh**s. These matches come into the game that clearly cause injuries and they identify it rather than the coach watching the game and saying, ‘You know what, we’re not doing this – get it out,’ everyone around the league looks and sees that. When they do, they say, ‘We’ve got to do it because you get three more seconds to play the ball.’

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“Forget about poor Jackson Hastings, who’s had his leg in a cast for five months and now has to recover. This is the price these people are willing to pay.

“The game has to step up and show some balls and get out of the game.

“If Carrigan gets a two-week or three-week suspension, that’s what he’s asking for. You might as well throw it all away and say, ‘You know what, guys, do what you can… take baseball.’ Go out with you next time.’

“Just a joke”

Carrigan was sent straight to the jury for the resolution and appeared before a panel on Tuesday night.

His defender, Nick Gabbar, offered a two-game ban on Tuesday night, but the NRL’s counsel has set a five-to-six game ban.

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