Kieran Brookes has been banned for two weeks after charging into a ruck without using his arms
The tighthead prop was sent off during Northampton’s loss to Newcastle on Friday
The Falcons’ Calum Green has also been banned for a week
Northampton and England prop Kieran Brookes has been suspended for two weeks after admitting charging into a ruck without using his arms during Friday’s loss to Newcastle.
The 26-year-old was dismissed in the 38th minute of Saints’ 22-16 defeat when he charged into the ruck and struck the head of Newcastle hooker Scott Lawson with his shoulder.
Brookes pleaded guilty at a disciplinary hearing on Tuesday and will now miss Saints’ crucial Premiership clash against Leicester on Saturday as well as their Champions Cup game with Leinster the following weekend.
Newcastle lock Calum Green has also been banned for a week after admitting striking with his arm.
The 26-year-old, who will miss Falcons’ home game with Harlequins on Sunday, struck Brookes with his forearm during the same game and was cited by the citing commissioner after the incident was missed by referee Andrew Jackson.