Brad Barritt apologises to Geoff Parling but faces RFU charge

  • Brad Barritt has apologised to Exeter Chiefs second-row Geoff Parling after his high tackle left Parling unconscious
  • Barritt and Richard Barrington has since been cited by the Rugby Football Union
  • The pair will appear before a Rugby Football Union disciplinary panel in London on Tuesday
Saracens prop Richard Barrington and centre Brad Barritt could face bans for a dangerous tackle on Exeter lock Geoff Parling during Saturday’s 13-13 draw.

Barrington was sent off for his part in the incident, which led to Parling being stretchered off. The 27-year-old has been charged with dangerous charging while Barritt, 30, has been cited for dangerous tackling.

“No-one likes seeing a fellow player get injured, and it’s even more disappointing when I’m involved,” revealed Saracens captain Barritt in a statement.

“I take responsibility for my misjudgement of the tackle and assure you no malice was intended.”



Parling, who has 42 caps for England and was a key member of the 2013 victorious British and Irish Lions tour to Australia, was stood down for 10 weeks in September 2014 after suffering two concussions in a month while playing for Leicester Tigers.

There are now real fears that he may have to face retirement following yet another concussive incident

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