Guinness PRO12: Leone Nakarawa appeals three-week ban
Glasgow Warriors lock was found guilty of striking with the head in win over Ospreys at Scotstoun Stadium last month
Leone Nakarawa has appealed his three-week ban which has ruled him out of action until April.
The Glasgow Warriors lock was found guilty of committing an act of foul play worthy of a red card in the Guinness PRO12 win over the Ospreys at Scotstoun Stadium on 21 February.
The Fijian international appeared to headbutt Ospreys hooker Scott Baldwin after a scrum in the second half, contrary to Law 10.4(a) – a player must not strike an opponent with the head.
A Guinness PRO12 Disciplinary Committee, chaired by Pat Barriscale, along with Philip Orr and Mark McParland (all from Ireland), applied an entry point of four weeks for the sanction, but reduced it by 25 per cent after considering mitigating factors, including the player’s previously clean record.
With the ban including two “down” weeks as the PRO12 takes a break in March, the 27-year-old was banned until Sunday 29 March 2015.
Nakarawa missed the Warriors 22-10 defeat to Munster in Cork on Saturday and will miss their next match against Zebre at Scotstoun on Friday night.
Should the ban be overturned or downgraded, he could be available for the Warriors’ crucial trip to Dublin to take on Leinster at the RDS Arena on Friday 27 March.
The hearing, before an independent PRO12 Appeal Committee, will be held next week.