David Paice of London Irish appeared before an independent disciplinary panel this evening.
Paice was shown a red card for dangerous charging and making contact with the head of Willi Heinz of Gloucester Rugby, contrary to law 10.4 (g).
The incident occurred in the first half of the Aviva Premiership match between Gloucester and London Irish on Saturday 2 December.
Paice pleaded guilty to the charge and is suspended for five weeks. He is free to play again on 9 January 2018.
The chairman of the panel Aidan O’Brien said: “The panel found that this was a reckless challenge in which contact was made with the head of the Gloucester player causing an injury. The entry point was mid-range, one week was added on to reflect the player’s previous disciplinary record and, after allowing mitigation to reflect the player’s guilty plea, remorse and conduct at the hearing, the final sanction is five weeks. The player is free to play on 9 January 2018”.
The independent disciplinary panel comprised of Aidan O’Brien (chairman), Becky Essex and Tim Grey.
Also this evening, the charges against Sale Sharks Byron McGuigan were heard on papers with the player’s consent. McGuigan was shown a red card following two yellow cards – Law 10.4(m) – in the match Worcester Warriors v Sale Sharks on 1 December 2017.
The first yellow card (issued in the 32nd minute of the match) was for a technical offence – deliberately knocking on the ball – and the second yellow card (issued in the 67th minute of the match) was for foul play (dangerous tackle, contrary to law 10.4(e)).
The detail set out at Appendix 1 to RFU Regulation 19 here determines that the sanction for two yellow cards (where one is given for a technical offence) is sending off sufficient.
The player is free to play again immediately.