Gloucester’s Danny Cipriani has been banned for three weeks for his challenge on Munster’s Rory Scannell during last weekend’s Heineken Champions Cup game at Thomond Park.
Cipriani who plays in the out half position, was sent off in the first half of the game, in which he tackled the Munster centre. The disciplinary hearing which was heard in France deemed a three week suspension would be appropriate. The committee upheld the Red card and found that the act of foul play was in the mid range in terms of World Rugby sanctions and they selected six weeks as the appropriate entry point. There were no aggravating factors and due to the players having a clear disciplinary record and remorse for his actions the committee reduced the ban to just three weeks.
This will mean Cipriani will be free to play from November 12th, he has also the option of appealing the decision but this is unlikely in my personal opinion. Munster won the eventual game with Gloucester beating them 36-22 in the end which outs Johann Van Graans charges in pole position at the top of Pool 2 of the Heineken Champions Cup.
Gloucester on the other hand started the game brightly but they let the game slip and a lack of discipline is what probably lost them the game in the end. As well as Cipriani red card in the opening period lock Tom Savage was also given a yellow card by the French official.
Munster are in action this weekend in the Guinness Pro 14 where they have a home game against Scottish side Glasgow Warriors on Saturday with a 5.15pm kick off in Thomond Park.