London Irish hooker David Paice has received a five-week ban after pleading guilty for dangerous charging and making contact with the head of a player.
Paice appeared before an independent disciplinary panel on Wednesday after he was shown a red card in the clash with Gloucester last week.
The incident occurred in the first-half of the Premiership match and is free to play again on January 9.
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.
Meanwhile, the charges against Sale Sharks wing 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 against Worcester Warriors on December 1.
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.