Nakarawa banned for three weeks

Date published: February 25 2015

Glasgow Warriors lock Leone Nakarawa has received a three-week ban for his headbutt on Marc Thomas in the win over the Ospreys.

Referee George Clancy gave just a penalty at the time, for the incident which happened in the second half of the 19-16 Pro12 win.

However after a disciplinary hearing today, Nakarawa has been suspended for three weeks.

Nakarawa, the Glasgow lock, appeared today before an independent PRO12 Rugby Disciplinary Committee, following a citing for an incident during the second half of the Guinness PRO12 match between Glasgow Warriors and Ospreys on Saturday 21 February 2015 for an alleged strike with the head.

The Disciplinary Committee, chaired by Pat Barriscale, along with Philip Orr and Mark McParland (all from Ireland), having listened to representations by and on behalf of the player, viewed TV footage of the incident and reviewed various reports, found that Leone Nakarawa had committed an act of foul play worthy of a red card and considered it to be at the low end of World Rugby's sanctions for this type of offence, which carries an entry-point of 4 weeks. 

The Committee found that there were no aggravating factors, and, taking into account mitigating factors including the player's unblemished record, the Committee reduced the entry point by one week and imposed a three week suspension. The player is suspended from playing for three weeks until midnight on Sunday 29 March 2015, taking into account two "down” weeks, and has the right of appeal.

Law 10.4(a) Punching/Striking A player must not strike an opponent with the head.

As a result Nakarawa will miss Glasgow's next fixture against Munster this weekend. They will also be without Tim Swinson and Jonny Gray who are on international duty, leaving them very short in the second row.