Guinness PRO12: Ryan Wilson suspended for three months by SRU
Glasgow Warriors flanker punished after being found guilty of assault, but could return for final round and knockout stages
Ryan Wilson has been banned for three months without pay by the Scottish Rugby Union after being found guilty of assault.
The 25-year-old Glasgow Warriors forward is also prohibited from training with his team-mates and will not be considered again for Scotland duty until 23 August, making him available for their final two warm-up matches just weeks before the Rugby World Cup.
It’s completely unacceptable for any player within our employment to let themselves get into such a situation and this case should act as a powerful reminder to all players that they are role models for our sport.
Wilson was found guilty of one offence and pleaded guilty to another at Glasgow Sheriff Court and fined £750 last week after an altercation in a fast food shop in the city’s West End back in October 2013, where he assaulted two Glasgow Hawks players while dressed as Batman on a Halloween night out.
But charges against club team-mates Ryan Grant and Rory Hughes were not proven, and loosehead prop Grant has since been called up to the Scotland squad by head coach Vern Cotter for the upcoming Six Nations.
Wilson, however, will not be invited to train with the national side until after the Six Nations.
In a statement put out after the verdicts were announced last week, Scottish Rugby CEO Mark Dodson said: “This has been a wholly regrettable episode. Regardless of the verdict there is absolutely no place in the game, on or off the pitch, for the sort of behaviour that has led to criminal proceedings being taken.
“Rugby has a longstanding reputation as a family sport and all players have a responsibility to uphold the game’s values.
“Those involved have learned a harsh lesson and I know that the three players, who are also our employees, are extremely chastened and remorseful about the whole episode.
“It’s completely unacceptable for any player within our employment to let themselves get into such a situation and this case should act as a powerful reminder to all players that they are role models for our sport.”
The SRU disciplinary panel also decided that Wilson should attend a programme “organised through Glasgow Warriors and Scottish Rugby to support his personal development around the factors which contributed to the original conviction”.
The length of the ban means Wilson, who can play across the back row, could return to help the Warriors’ push to reach the Guinness PRO12 final at the Kingspan Stadium, which takes place at the end of May.
A Scottish Rugby spokesman confirmed to The Sport Review that Wilson’s suspension is effective as of the date of the hearing on Tuesday 3 February, rather than the date of his original suspension on Tuesday 27 January, which would make him available for the Warriors trip to the Ospreys in the PRO12 on 8/9/10 May and their final regular season match at home to Ulster a week later.
Wilson has the right to appeal the decision.