Guinness PRO12: Leone Nakarawa’s three-week ban upheld

Glasgow Warriors lock will miss their crucial away trip to Dublin to take on Leinster on 27 March after his appeal was rejected

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Fijian lock admitted committing an act of foul play against Ospreys Photo by Jason O'Callaghan

Leone Nakarawa’s appeal against his three-week ban has been dismissed by an independent PRO12 Rugby Appeal Committee.

The Glasgow Warriors lock’s appeal was based on the question of sanction handed out by an independent PRO12 Disciplinary Committee, chaired by Pat Barriscale, along with Philip Orr and Mark McParland (all Ireland).

Nakarawa was handed the suspension, which includes two “down” weeks in the PRO12 as there were no scheduled matches in which the player could participate, after he admitted committing an act of foul play – striking with the head – during the second half of their PRO12 win over the Ospreys at Scotstoun Stadium on 21 February.

The incident was reviewed by Irish referee George Clancy and Scottish TMO Jim Yuille with Nakarawa escaping any initial punishment, but he was cited by SRU citing commissioner John Montgomery and banned on 25 February, ruling him out of the Warriors’ PRO12 matches against Munster and Zebre.

The appeal hearing, chaired by Simon Thomas, along with Nicholas D Jones and Robert Williams (all Wales), found that the original disciplinary committee had not made the errors that Nakarawa had alleged, rejected the player’s calls to have the sanctioning process re-conducted by the appeal committee, and dismissed his appeal in its entirety.

The decision means the Fijian forward will miss the Warriors’ trip to Dublin to take on Leinster at the RDS Arena on Friday 27 March.

Nakarawa has also been ordered to pay the costs of convening the hearing and the legal costs incurred by the disciplinary officer in responding to the appeal.

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