The case of Niall Armstrong, Exeter Chiefs, was heard on papers by an independent disciplinary panel chaired by Matthew Weaver KC sitting with Daniel Gore and Christian Scotland-Williamson on Tuesday 14 November.
He received a red card for reckless or dangerous play, contrary to World Rugby Law 9.11, during a game against Northampton Saints on 12 November.
The case was heard on papers by an independent disciplinary panel chaired by Matthew Weaver KC sitting with Daniel Gore and Christian Scotland-Williamson on Tuesday 14 November.
The player admitted the charge and received a three match ban which will be reduced to two if the player makes an application to World Rugby to undertake the Coaching Intervention Programme (CIP).
Armstrong will miss the following games:
- 19.11 v Gloucester
- 26.11 v Newcastle
- 02.12 v Bath (subject to completion of CIP)
The full judgement is available here.
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Nigel Owen’s law changes for 2024:
#1. Less TMO
Owens wrote: “We should aim for good performances that facilitate good games. In my opinion, perfect has become the enemy of the good because people are striving for a standard that is unachievable. A frustrating over-reliance on the TMO is one result of this fear of getting things wrong.
“Pressure is being exerted on referees by spectators, social media users, coaches, players, performance reviewers and referee managers. That is a lot of people scrutinising everything. I think we need to take a step back and make sure we pick up the things that matter.”Embed from Getty Images