Hughes hit with three-week ban

Date published: April 1 2015

Wasps number eight Nathan Hughes has been banned for three weeks after his clash with George North last Friday.

North suffered another concussion and is out of this weekend's Champions Cup quarter-final.

Hughes appeared before an RFU Disciplinary panel on Tuesday, charged with striking with the knee and/or shin, contrary to Law 10.4(a), during last Friday's Premiership clash.

Hughes was found guilty of the charge and given a three-week ban (which will include three meaningful fixtures), starting on March 31. He is free to play again on April 28.

Commenting on the judgement, Sir James Dingemans said:

“This was a three-week ban on the basis that no intention was found. However, there was recklessness meaning that, notwithstanding the harm, it was a low entry point of four weeks with mitigation of one week to reflect his previous clean playing record.”

The Panel comprised Sir James Dingemans (Chair), Aidan O'Brien and Martyn Wood.