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RFU Disciplinary Hearing: Tomas Francis

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The charge against Tomas Francis of Exeter Chiefs for kicking, contrary to Law 10.4(c), was heard in Bristol on Wednesday evening.

Francis was sent off by referee Matthew Carley in the second half of the weekend’s Aviva Premiership match between Exeter Chiefs and Harlequins for allegedly kicking Danny Care, making contact with the head.

The incident was referred to the TMO for review before the Chiefs’ prop was red carded.

The player pleaded guilty to the charge and was banned for two weeks until the 3 October 2016.

The disciplinary panel chairman Gareth Graham said: “The panel found this a low-end offence due to the fact that it was a glancing reckless contact between Francis’ shin and the back of Danny Care’s head which caused no injury.”

The panel comprised of Gareth Graham (chairman), John Doubleday and Mike Curling.

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