Friday, December 23, 2011

Rugby news 12BET update 12/23

Skinner given two-week ban

Will Skinner will miss Harlequins' next two matches after being banned for two weeks by the European Rugby Cup.

The flanker was sent-off during last week's Heineken Cup victory over Toulouse in France, when he was off the pitch, after preventing the French side from taking a quick lineout.

Skinner, who was replaced 30 minutes before the incident, received the red card from referee Alain Rolland for playing the match ball in the technical zone - described as "an act contrary to good sportsmanship".

Following a disciplinary hearing in Dublin, European Rugby Cup officials decided to implement a two week punishment, stating: "Having taken into account the mitigating factors, including the player's excellent record, he decided on the maximum reduction of 50% and imposed a suspension of two weeks."

Skinner, who can appeal against the decision, will not miss out on Quins' next HEC clash due to the ERC decision, with their next European game not until January 14, when they face Gloucester. Instead, he will be unavailable for Quins' Premiership table-topping game with Saracens at Twickenham on Tuesday (Dec 27) as well as the New Year's Eve trip to Exeter.

Toulouse and Connacht make up the HEC's Pool 6, along with Quins and Gloucester. 


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