The Catalans Dragons have been dealt a major blow with the loss of the inspirational Greg Bird for the rest of the season through suspension.

Bird appeared before the disciplinary this evening a pleaded guilty to the Grade D charge for a dangerous throw against Halifax during Sunday's fixture at the New Shay.

Bird appealed against the grading, but not the charge, but he was unsuccessful.

Bird picked up a four game ban which will ensure that he misses the Dragons remaining games against Featherstone Rovers, Hull KR and the Widnes Vikings, two of which are vying for a top three finishing spot.

The Dragons are currently in fifth spot in the Qualifiers table with their chances of a top three finish looking increasingly remote. Should the Dragons find themselves in the Million Pound Game they will still be without the services of their Australian loose forward.

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