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Tuesday, 17 September, 2002, 21:26 GMT 22:26 UK
Grewcock hit with five-week ban
Danny Grewcock is sent off against Saracens
Grewcock will be back for England's November games
England forward Danny Grewcock has been handed a five-week ban for violent conduct.

The Bath lock was sent off during his side's Zurich Premiership defeat against Saracens nine days ago for reckless use of his boot against opposition captain Kyran Bracken.

Grewcock will be sidelined until 24 October, but will be available for England's game against New Zealand on 9 November for the first of the Autumn internationals.


Careful consideration will need to be given as to whether Danny should appeal against this decision
Bath statement

England play the All Blacks, Australia and South Africa on consecutive Saturdays.

Grewcock was summoned to a Rugby Football Union hearing near Coventry after the incident at Vicarage Road, which left Bracken with a facial cut.

He was sent off by referee Steve Leyshon on the advice of his touch judge Ashley Rowden.

Bracken later described the incident as an accident but a three-man RFU disciplinary panel imposed a 35-day ban - despite agreeing that Grewcock's action was not intentional.

Grewcock will now miss Bath's Premiership games against Northampton, Gloucester and Leicester.

He will also be absent for the Parker Pen Challenge Cup home and away ties against Italian club Gran Parma.


The panel is of the view that this was a reckless rather than an intentional act
RFU panel statement

He could, however, have received a 12-week ban and the five-week penalty will see him return in time for England's three November Tests.

Grewcock, who was accompanied by Bath rugby director Jack Rowell and club solicitor Thomas Sheppard at the hearing, left without making any comment.

But Bath issued a statement expressing disappointment at the length of the ban.

"We are clearly very disappointed at the decision, which clearly recognises that the kick was unintentional and that Danny did not intend to cause any harm to Kyran Bracken.

"Careful consideration will need to be given as to whether Danny should appeal against this decision," the statement said.

Grewcock's hearing was chaired by Richard Moon, with assistance from his fellow RFU council members Jeff Probyn and Paul Murphy.

The panel considered evidence from touch judge Rowden, two video clips and observations from Grewcock himself.

"After careful consideration, this panel supports the view of Mr Rowden," a statement said.

"Law 4c states that 'a player must not kick an opponent' and no reference is made to whether the player wilfully or intentionally did the act.

"Accordingly, the panel finds that Danny Grewcock was guilty of kicking an opponent.

"However, the panel is of the view that this was a reckless rather than an intentional act."

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10 Sep 02 | Rugby Union
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