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Armitage suspended for five weeks

09 November 2011

  • Delon Arrmitage five and three week bans to run concurrently
  • Citings for Owen Farrell, Nick Wood and Darren Dawidiuk dismissed
England and London Irish back three Delon Armitage

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Delon Armitage of London Irish has been banned for five weeks for a dangerous tackle on Bath Rugby’s Tom Biggs during the Aviva Premiership match at the Madejski Stadium on October 29.

The RFU Disciplinary Panel of His Honour Judge Jeff Blackett, the RFU Disciplinary Officer, Robert Horner and Peter Budge suspended Armitage from November 4 (the date of his suspension imposed by London Irish after an internal disciplinary hearing) to December 8.

The 27-year-old can play again on December 9. He was also suspended for three weeks for striking Dave Attwood with his knee and that suspension will run concurrently with the longer penalty.

Judge Blackett said: "We accept that both these incidents were reckless and not malicious. However, in relation to the dangerous tackle on Tom Biggs there was the potential for significant injury and for that reason we believe that it was a mid-range entry level offence of six weeks. We increased it to eight because of concerns raised by the IRB about injuries caused by dangerous tackles and because of his poor disciplinary record.

"We then reduced the sanction to five weeks because of his guilty plea, his contrition and the impressive way he conducted himself at the hearing. In relation to the strike to which he also pleaded guilty, we decided that this was a low end entry offence and for that we imposed a three-week suspension.

"Delon has unfortunately had several disciplinary issues this year and it is a shame that he once again finds himself not playing. However, we hope that he will learn from these events and we look forward to him resuming the game he quite clearly feels very passionate about."

Farrell, Wood and Dawidiuk charges dismissed

England Under 20 and Saracens centre Owen Farrell

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The citing against Saracens’ Owen Farrell for a dangerous tackle on Gloucester Rugby’s Henry Trinder during the Aviva Premiership match at Kingsholm on October 29 was dismissed as the panel deemed there was no act of foul play.

The charges against Darren Dawidiuk and Nick Wood of Gloucester Rugby for dangerous tackles on Saracens’ Brad Barritt and Owen Farrell respectively at Kingsholm on October 29 were this afternoon dismissed because, before the citings were brought, the mandatory consultation with the match officials did not take place.

Nevertheless, the RFU Disciplinary Panel of His Honour Judge Jeff Blackett  the RFU Disciplinary Officer (chair), Peter Budge and Robert Horner  warned both players about the potential danger of injury to the recipients of high tackles.