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Dan Biggar given three-week ban after red card against Gloucester

20 Apr 2022 2 minute read
Wales skipper Dan Biggar. Photo David Davies. PA Images

Wales captain Dan has received a three-week ban after he was sent off in Northampton’s European Challenge Cup clash against Gloucester.The Saints fly-half was dismissed by Scottish referee Sam Grove-White for a dangerous tackle on Gloucester centre Chris Harris.

Biggar will miss play-off chasing Northampton’s Gallagher Premiership fixtures against Bath, Harlequins and Saracens as a result.

But European Professional Club Rugby said that Biggar will be free to play from May 2 – and therefore be available to face Saracens – if he applies for and completes a World Rugby coaching intervention for players who receive a red card for head contact.

It is a second major blow for Northampton after Biggar’s Saints and British and Irish Lions colleague Courtney Lawes suffered a dislocated thumb in the same game.

Northampton rugby director Chris Boyd has already ruled Lawes out of the trip to Bath on Saturday, with further medical opinion required on the injury.

An independent disciplinary committee heard submissions from Biggar, who accepted the red card decision.

“The committee upheld the red card decision, finding that in executing a dangerous tackle which warranted a red card, Biggar had made contact with Harris’ head,” EPCR said.

“It was then determined that the offending was at the mid-range of World Rugby’s sanctions and six weeks was selected as the appropriate entry point.

“Given his guilty plea and clear disciplinary record, and as there were no aggravating factors, it was decided to grant the full 50 per cent mitigation and the committee therefore reduced the sanction by three weeks before imposing a three-week suspension.”

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