Three-week ban for Wright

Date published: January 14 2016

Oyonnax prop Stan Wright has been suspended for three weeks following an independent Disciplinary Hearing on Wednesday.

Wright was cited by the match Citing Commissioner, Ray Wilton (Wales), for committing a dangerous tackle on the Ulster flanker Chris Henry in the 78th minute of the Champions Cup rescheduled Round 1 match at Stade Charles Mathon on Sunday.

Law 10.4 (j) Lifting a player from the ground and either dropping or driving that player's head and/or upper body into the ground while the player's feet are off the ground

Under World Rugby's Sanctions for Foul Play, Law 10.4 (j), carries the following sanction entry points – Low End: 4 weeks; Mid-Range: 8 weeks; Top End: 12 to 52 weeks

The independent Judicial Officer, Antony Davies (England), heard evidence and submissions by video conference from Wright, who pleaded guilty to the offence, from the Oyonnax Administrator, Gregory di Marco, the Oyonnax head coach, Johann Aunthier, and from the EPCR Disciplinary Officer, Liam McTiernan.

In upholding the citing complaint, the Judicial Officer found that Wright had committed an act of foul play that warranted a red card. He determined that that offence was at the low end of World Rugby's sanctions and selected four weeks as the appropriate entry point.

He added one week as a deterrent according to World Rugby's memorandum regarding tackles of this nature, before reducing the sanction by half of the entry point due to Wright's guilty plea, good conduct at the hearing, and clean disciplinary record. He then imposed a suspension of three weeks.

Wright is free to play on Monday, February 1, 2016. Both the player and EPCR have the right to appeal the decision.