It’s been a busy day in London with plenty of hearings taking place from incidents which occurred during the Champions Cup at the weekend.
Many English players were cited and their hearings took place today. Joe Marler and Dave Ward received three-week bans for striking offences while Dylan Hartley’s citing was dismissed and no retrospective action was taken for the Northampton Saints hooker.
The other English player who was under scrutiny today was Nathan Hughes, the Wasps man was cited for striking Marcus Smith in the 29th minute of the clash between the two sides at the weekend.
Hughes pleaded not guilty but committee upheld the citing complaint and determined that striking Smith’s neck warranted a red card. The Committee found that the offence was at the low end of World Rugby’s sanctions and selected two weeks as the appropriate entry point.
Nathan Hughes suspended for two weeks – available to play from November 6 – won't miss any of England November internationals
— Sean McMahon (@Sean_McMahon89) October 25, 2017
However, due to Hughes’ not-guilty plea, the committee were unable to reduce the ban by the maximum allowable 50%, therefore, the two-week ban stands.
There is some good news, though. The two-week ban means that Hughes will be available to play on November 6 and is therefore available for selection for England Autumn internationals which begin on the 11th November against Argentina.