Tuesday 12 December 2017

Jack McGrath to miss next two Champions Cup games as Leinster decide not to appeal

Jack McGrath was cited following a stamp during the Guinness PRO12 victory over Ulster at the RDS
Jack McGrath was cited following a stamp during the Guinness PRO12 victory over Ulster at the RDS
Ger Keville

Ger Keville

Leinster's Jack McGrath will miss the next two Champions Cup games after the province decided not to appeal his three-week ban for stamping during their Pro12 victory over Ulster.

Loosehead prop McGrath was cited after Leinster's 24-11 victory in Dublin, where he was found guilty of foul play and will now misses the matches against Castres and Wasps.

The disciplinary committee deemed McGrath's actions deliberate and initially handed down a five-week ban - but reduced the punishment due to his "unblemished playing record".

"The disciplinary committee's view was that the player's actions had been deliberate and that the player's actions were at the mid-range of World Rugby's sanctions for foul play," read part of the Pro12 statement.

"In light of compelling mitigating factors, including the player's unblemished playing record, together with his conduct at the hearing, the disciplinary committee determined that the player should be suspended for a period of three weeks."

This evening, Leinster rugby stated: "After considering all the options and taken considerable advice, including legal, Leinster Rugby have this afternoon confirmed that they will not be appealing the decision by the Guinness PRO12 Disciplinary Committee to suspend Jack McGrath for three weeks, effectively ruling him out of the two Champions Cup, Pool 2 games this weekend and next.

"The matter is now at an end and Leinster Rugby will be making no further comment in relation to this matter."

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