Bristol Bears have launched an appeal against the three-game ban handed to Siale Piutau after he had been cited for striking Worcester’s Andrew Kitchener last Friday.
The opposing pair came to blows in the 79th minute following a ruck and resulted in referee Wayne Barnes showing a red card to Worcester lock Kitchener and a yellow for Bristol centre Piutau.
After Pat Lam aired his unequivocal objection to the ban, the choice by Bristol to appeal comes as no surprise with a hearing set for Thursday, 5.45pm.
An RFU statement read: “The appeal will be heard tonight (Thursday, September 10) at 17.45 by a new online independent disciplinary panel comprising James Dingemans (chair) with Sam Hillas QC and Becky Essex.”
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Every Gallagher Premiership club’s most famous fan
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Bath RFC: Mary Berry
Best known for her cakes – that definitely do not have a soggy bottom – she is beloved across the nation. The 84-year-old, who is best known for previously judging on The Great British Bake Off and her 75 cookbooks, was born in Bath has been involved with the club on a number of occasions.
Bristol Bears: Simon Pegg
The famous actor, best known for Star Trek, Sean of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, revealed in his autobiography that attended Bristol matches when attending university in the city. He revealed in an interview in 2017 that he still follows the team and he hopes to get to a game in the near future
Exeter Chiefs: Liam Tancock
Affectionately known as ‘The Tank’, Liam Tancock is a Devon born athlete to make his mark on the sporting world. Born in Exeter, Liam played for the Exeter Chiefs until he was 13 when his coach persuaded him to pursue a career in swimming over rugby. Keeping his roots close to his heart, he is a keen supporter of Exeter City Football Club and Exeter Chiefs Rugby Club.