Two-week ban for McKenzie

Date published: November 3 2015

Edinburgh lock Fraser McKenzie has been suspended for two weeks after being found guilty of an illegal charge into a ruck against Connacht.

McKenzie appeared before an independent PRO12 Rugby Disciplinary Committee, having been cited by an independent citing commissioner for allegedly charging into a ruck or maul in contravention of law 10.4(h) in the PRO12 match between the sides in Galway over the weekend.

Prior to the hearing, McKenzie accepted that he had committed an act of foul play but argued that it had not been serious enough to have warranted a red card (so that no sanction should be imposed).

"The Disciplinary Committee, chaired by Roger Morris, alongside Terry Vaux (both Wales), having viewed the video of the incident, listened to evidence and representations from and on behalf of the player, and reviewed all of the other evidence, agreed with the player's admission that he had committed an act of foul play. The Disciplinary Committee then considered whether the act of foul play had warranted a red card and found that it had warranted a red card," read a PRO12 statement.

"The Disciplinary Committee then turned to consider what would be the appropriate sanction. In assessing the seriousness of Mr McKenzie's conduct, the Disciplinary Committee considered that it merited a lower-end entry point based on World Rugby's scale of seriousness, which is a two-week suspension. The Disciplinary Committee found that there were no aggravating factors, and, although there were mitigating factors (including Mr McKenzie's previous clean disciplinary record and his conduct at the hearing) these were insufficient to allow full mitigation. Mr McKenzie is suspended for a total of two weeks, up to and including Sunday, 15 November 2015. Mr McKenzie was reminded of his right of appeal."