Morris banned, Dowson cleared

Date published: March 1 2017

The charge against Aaron Morris of Harlequins for tackling the jumper in the air, contrary to law 10.4(i), was heard in London on Wednesday.

Morris pleaded not guilty however was given a three-week suspension. He is free to play again on Tuesday, March 21.

The full-back received a yellow card on the field following his tackle on Adam Thompstone of Leicester Tigers in the second half of the Aviva Premiership match last Friday. He was then subsequently cited post match.

The RFU disciplinary panel concluded: “The panel found this was a reckless incident that warranted a red card. The Leicester Tigers player luckily sustained no serious injury and was able to play on. As such it was deemed a low end offence.”

The RFU disciplinary panel comprised of Philip Evans QC (chairman), Michael Short and Aidan O’Brien.

Meanwhile, the charge against Phil Dowson of Worcester Warriors for striking with his elbow, contrary to law 10.4(a), was heard in Coventry.

Following a review of the incident which occurred in the first half of the Aviva Premiership match between Worcester and Northampton Saints on Saturday, the disciplinary panel determined that the charge should be dismissed.

Dowson is now free to play again with immediate effect.

The RFU disciplinary panel comprised of William Harbage QC (chairman), Matt Bayliss and Alex Nock.