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Hartley out for six weeks


England captain Dylan Hartley has been suspended for six weeks following an independent Disciplinary Hearing in London on Wednesday.

Hartley appeared at the hearing after his club’s Champions Cup Round 3 match against Leinster at Franklin’s Gardens.

Hartley was sent off by referee, Jérôme Garcès (France), for striking the Leinster flanker, Sean O’Brien, in the 58th minute of the match in contravention of Law 10.4 (a).

Law 10.4 (a) Striking

Under World Rugby’s Sanctions for Foul Play, Law 10.4 (a), Striking a player with a hand, arm or fist carries the following sanction entry points – Low End: 2 weeks; Mid-Range: 5 weeks; Top End: 8 to 52 weeks

An independent Disciplinary Committee consisting of Simon Thomas (Wales), Chairman, Rhian Williams (Wales) and Marco Cordelli (Italy) heard submissions from Hartley, who pleaded guilty to the offence, as well as from the player’s legal representative, Richard Smith QC, and the Northampton Saints Team Manager, Paul Shields.

The Committee also heard evidence and submissions from the EPCR Disciplinary Officer, Liam McTiernan.

In upholding the red card decision, the Committee found that the offence was at the mid-range of World Rugby’s sanctions and selected five weeks as the appropriate entry point.

Taking into account Hartley’s poor disciplinary record, the Committee added two weeks to the sanction and then reduced the sanction by one week due to the player’s guilty plea before imposing a suspension of six weeks.

Hartley is free to play on Monday, January 23 2017. Both the player and EPCR have the right to appeal the decision.

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  1. By the time the England captain completes his six-week ban, he would have spent 60 weeks on the sidelines due to suspensions. This is due to various offences including biting, gouging and butting.

    Err ..Bryce, I think you might have been a bit too hasty pronouncing this guy as the world’s best hooker. There are others who are more skilled, more disciplined and less of a liability.

  2. I stated England has the two form hookers in the world this season… only players coming close are Best and Coles.

    As for him being a liability… not one card this season… cannot even recall a penalty… and when you look at his test career 3 yellows from 78 caps! Almost unheard of for a fiery hooker. Stats talk bullshit walks…

    Outside of his England jumper… yep he is a thug… perhaps it’s because he is a Kiwi…

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