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Rugby Union: Wales’ Bradley Davies Receives 7 Week Ban Following Citing

Wales lock, Bradley Davies, will miss the remainder of the RBS 6 Nations 2012 tournament after a disciplinary committee found the player to have been in breach of Law 10.4(j) “the player lifted his opponent beyond a horizontal position but did not bring him to the ground safely” in Sunday’s opening match with Ireland, which Wales won.

The player was given a yellow card by the match day referee, but, as the incident had taken place off the ball, and was exactly the kind of motion the IRB has been targeting since RWC 2011, many expected Davies to be cited, which he was.

In Wednesday’s hearing, the independent Six Nations Disciplinary Committee, chaired by Antony Davies (England) along with John Doubleday (England) and Jean-Noel Couraud (France), decided that the incident merited a “top end entry to the IRB’s table of sanctions” which meant an additional 2 weeks added to the entry point of 10 weeks ban, which was reduced by the maximum possible reduction of five weeks owing to Bradley Davies’ “good disciplinary record and his conduct at the hearing.”

Bradley Davies can resume playing on 26 March 2012, and has the right of appeal.

Wales will face Scotland at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff on Sunday 12th February 2012. The match kicks off at 15:00 GMT (16:00 CET).

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