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England forward George Burgess will face a disciplinary hearing over an alleged eye-poking incident during Sunday's victory over New Zealand.

England's series clinching victory over New Zealand has been overshadowed by an ugly incident involving George Burgess and Kiwi captain Dallin Watene-Zelezniak.

The case will be heard by a three-man panel, including one representative each from England and New Zealand, on Tuesday night.

Watene-Zelezniak was put through a gap on halfway by Kodi Nikorima's short pass and he toyed with the England defenders before sending winger Ken Maumalo over at the corner. "I have no idea [if it was an eye gouge] I'll have to watch it back".

At the time of the incident Burgess was neither reported nor penalised by NRL referee Gerard Sutton.

"I wasn't sure what he was going to do but when he said I was starting I was made up", he added.

"It's a great three-match series, I just hope the global federation has a strong meeting and stand up for the game, give us the products we all want to see - worldwide football played by the very best".

"He's a big boy and he's got some big fingers too".

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England spent most of the first half defending and, in rare breaks, center Gildart, the match-winner in the first test in Hull, twice spilled the ball. He and his brothers are good guys and have done really good things in the game. "That was our second game of the autumn so that'll help us a little bit and I expect the quality of football will definitely be there".

"I just want to know where you've been hiding him", Bennett said.

"That's global football. I'm a tough boy, I'm an adult, I'm a man so I can take those kinds of things but what I can't take is a loss".

"I'm pretty sweet now".

"These boys are earning them and I don't want to take them off them".

Any suspension will rule Burgess out of the third and final Test at Elland Road, Leeds on Sunday.

Burgess was recalled by England from a two-year absence against France last month and he has also played in both games of the current against the Kiwis so far.

It went from bad to worse for England when replacement hooker Daryl Clark went off with a rib injury soon after and Johnson nailed a penalty to make it 14-6.