Saracens’ Mike Rhodes has citing complaint dismissed

Date published: September 22 2020

Saracens flanker Mike Rhodes has had a citing complaint against him dismissed following a virtual independent disciplinary hearing on Tuesday evening.

Rhodes was alleged to have committed an act of foul play in that he struck Leinster centre Robbie Henshaw with his head in the second minute of the Champions Cup match at the Aviva Stadium in contravention of Law 9.12.

The complaint was made by the match Citing Commissioner, Beth Dickens (Scotland).

An independent Disciplinary Committee comprising Simon Thomas (Wales), Chair, Frank Hadden (Scotland) and Val Toma (Romania) heard evidence by video conference from Rhodes, who did not accept the charge, from the player’s legal representative, Paul Harris QC and from the EPCR Disciplinary Officer, Liam McTiernan. Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall and the club’s team manager Warrick Lang were also present.

The Committee decided that Rhodes had committed an act of foul play, however, it was not proven to the required standard that contact had been made to Henshaw’s head. The Committee concluded that the act of foul play did not warrant a red card and the citing complaint was therefore dismissed.

Rhodes is free to play against Racing 92 this weekend and EPCR has the right to appeal the decision.