- Bower sent off in match against Bristol
- Dismissal for dangerous play in a ruck
Worcester Warriors' Ryan Bower has been suspended for two weeks after appearing before an independent disciplinary panel on Tuesday.
He was shown a red card by referee Wayne Barnes in the 68th minute of the match against Bristol Bears on Sunday 7 October 2018. This was for dangerous play in a ruck, contrary to Law 9.20 (making contact with an opponent above the line of the shoulders).
Bower accepted the charge and was suspended by the independent panel comprising Daniel White (chair) with John Murphy and Nigel Stelling. Bower is free to play again on 23 October 2018.
“The panel found that the player had been in control of his actions when entering the ruck and had not charged in off his feet," said Independent panel chair Daniel White.
!However, it was accepted by the player that he had made direct contact with the head of Will Hurrell.
"As a result, the mandatory entry point of mid-range applied. The panel allowed maximum credit on account of the player's plea, previous clear record and all other mitigating features being present. He is suspended for two weeks and is free to play again on Tuesday 23 October.”
For background detail on panel members please click here.
For the NEW 2018/2019 sanctions table effective from 1 August 2018 (RFU Regulation 19 Appendix 2) please click here.