Two-week suspension for Meakes

Date published: May 7 2015

Gloucester outside centre Bill Meakes has been suspended for two weeks following an independent Disciplinary Hearing in Dublin on Thursday.

Meakes was sent off by referee Jerome Garces in the 64th minute of the European Rugby Challenge Cup final for an alleged dangerous tackle on Edinburgh outside centre Sam Beard in contravention of Law 10.4(e).

The independent Judicial Officer, Mark McParland (Ireland), heard evidence and submissions from Meakes, who accepted the red card decision, from the Gloucester boss David Humphreys, and from the EPCR Disciplinary Officer.

"In upholding the red card decision, the Judicial Officer found that Meakes had committed a dangerous, high tackle on a player without the ball. He determined that the offence was at the low end of World Rugby's sanctions and selected two weeks as the appropriate entry point," read a statement from EPCR.

"He added one week to take into account World Rugby's memorandum on high tackling, and then reduced the sanction by the maximum of one week due to the player's clean disciplinary record, early expression of remorse, guilty plea and good conduct at the hearing, before imposing a suspension of two weeks.

"Meakes is free to play on Monday, May 18. Both the player and EPCR have the right to appeal the decision."