Hughes banned for three weeks for North tackle

Wasps forward Nathan Hughes has been found guilty and banned for three weeks after facing an RFU Disciplinary panel following an injury that led to George North being knocked out.

North was knocked unconcious as he scored a try against Wasps on the weekend when Hughes came across the field and his knee connected with North’s head.

An RFU Disciplinary panel charged Hughes with striking with the knee and/or shin, contrary to Law 10.4(a) and he was gives a three-week ban which ends on April 28.

The ban started on March 31 but had to include three meaningful fixtures which is why the ban extends to the end of April.

“This was a three week ban on the basis that no intention was found,” said Sir James Dingemans about the judgement.

“However, there was recklessness meaning that, notwithstanding the harm, it was a low entry point of four weeks with mitigation of one week to reflect his previous clean playing record.”

The Panel comprised Sir James Dingemans (Chair), Aidan O’Brien and Martyn Wood.

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