London - England
back Elliot Daly was given a three-week ban on Monday after being sent off
for what officials deemed a "reckless" tackle on Argentina's Leonardo
Senatore at Twickenham last weekend.
The match, which England eventually won 27-14 despite being down to
14 men for the bulk of Saturday's clash, was just five minutes old when
Daly was shown a red card by French referee Pascal Gauzere for taking
out Senatore when the Pumas No 8 was in mid-air.
Daly, best known as a centre but playing on the wing when he was sent
off, will miss England's final international of 2016, against Australia
at Twickenham this coming Saturday, and English club Wasps' European
Champions Cup double-header against Irish side Connacht.
The 24-year-old Daly told a disciplinary hearing on Monday that he
deserved a red card and the three-strong panel took that into account as
a mitigating factor when halving what would have been a six-week
suspension into a three-week ban.
"The disciplinary committee found that Mr Daly had acted recklessly
and that the offending merited a mid-range entry point based on World
Rugby's scale of seriousness, which carries a six-week playing
suspension," said an Autumn International Disciplinary statement.
"The disciplinary committee further found that there were no
aggravating factors and that there were a number of mitigating factors
(including Mr Daly's acknowledgement of wrongdoing, expression of
remorse to the injured player and his good conduct at the hearing) such
that his playing suspension be reduced by three weeks.
"Mr Daly is therefore suspended from playing rugby for a total of three weeks, up to and including Sunday 18 December 2016."
Daly was just the fifth England player in history to be shown a red
card in a Test match and the first since flank Lewis Moody against
Samoa in 2005.