Williams cops heavy ban

2015-04-01 20:34
Nick Williams (Getty Images)

London - Ulster number eight Nick Williams has been banned for eight weeks after being cited for striking Cardiff Blues' Wales international fullback Rhys Patchell, the Celtic League announced on Wednesday.

With the current season due to finish at the end of May, Williams will not be able to resume playing until September 1.

Williams was sin-binned for making illegal contact with Patchell's head at the breakdown in the first half of Ulster's 36-17 home win last Friday, which resulted in the Welshman being stretchered off and taken to hospital.

"The disciplinary committee ... found that the incident was at the top end of the World Rugby sanctions for this type of offence, meriting a 16-week starting point," the Celtic League said in a statement.

"In the absence of any aggravating factors and in light of several mitigating factors, including the player's exemplary previous playing record, the disciplinary committee applied an eight-week reduction from the entry point and suspended the player from playing for eight weeks.

"Taking into account the matches remaining this season, and two warm-up matches scheduled for the start of next season, Nick Williams is free to resume playing from September 1, and has the right of appeal."

Read more on:    ulster  |  rugby


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk
Breaking News

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Which of the 4 South African team will finish with the fewest Super Rugby SA Conference points?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.