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Evans set for ruling on Blues stamping charge

WALES lock Ian Evans will discover if he will miss the Six Nations when he faces a European Rugby Cup disciplinary hearing tomorrow.

The Ospreys second-row was sent off by referee Romain Poite for allegedly stamping on Leinster's Mike McCarthy during last Friday's Heineken Cup meeting between the sides.

The incident left Ireland international McCarthy with blood streaming across his face and Poite made the decision to dismiss Evans after viewing television replays.

The range of suspensions for a stamping offence begin at two weeks, with the upper-end punishment being anything from nine to 52 weeks.

Jeremy Summers of England has been appointed as the independent judicial officer for the hearing in Dublin.

Following Friday's game, Ospreys backs coach Gruff Rees had said: "It was a big moment, but I'm not sure about it to be honest, like a lot of observers, I think.

"You have to be absolutely certain with a red card, and that there were so many replays and still so many differing opinions on it suggests that the clips may not have been totally conclusive."



ENGLISH Premiership clubs will have an extra £500,000 to spend on player wages next season after agreeing a rise in the salary cap.

Premiership Rugby's board voted to increase the salary cap from £4.26m to £4.76m.

With academy credit add-ons, Premiership clubs will able to shell out £5million on their squads under the league-set standard limit.

Director of rugby Phil Winstanley rejected the notion Premiership Rugby has made the change in a bid to keep pace with spiralling and unchecked spending in the French Top 14 and Japanese league.

Winstanley also confirmed this salary cap rise is not dependent on specific revenue from BT Sport's European rugby TV deal.

PRL will usher in the rise whatever the situation regarding a European club rugby competition next season.