Three-week ban for Phillips

Date published: December 31 2014

Scarlets wing Kristian Phillips has been suspended for three weeks after appearing before an independent PRO12 Rugby Disciplinary Committee.

The Dublin hearing came following a citing for an alleged dangerous tackle in contravention of Law 10.4(j), in the Guinness PRO12 fixture between the Ospreys and Scarlets on Saturday, December 27.

“Following an acceptance of guilt by the player, the Disciplinary Committee, chaired by Pat Barriscale, along with George Spotswood and Tommy Dalton (all of Ireland), having heard representations made by and on behalf of the player, viewed the TV footage and reviewed all other evidence, upheld the citing complaint and found that the act warranted a lower-end entry point under World Rugby’s sanctions for this type of offence, carrying a four-week playing suspension,” read a statement.

“Taking into consideration the requirement for deterrence for this type of offending, the Committee added a week to the entry point. The Committee then considered the lack of other aggravating factors and the considerable mitigating factors – including the player’s exemplary disciplinary record – and applied a final sanction of three weeks.”

Phillips is free to resume playing on Monday, January 19 and has the right of appeal.