19 May, 11:13
There are six uncapped players in the Ireland squad for the summer tour to North America that was named this morning. An Emerging Ireland squad has also been selected for the Tblisi Cup in Georgia.
Flanker Goutta was suspended for four weeks and hooker Konieckiewicz for six weeks, both suspensions effective from the day of the hearing (Wed. 25th Feb).
Wasps originally brought 12 citing complaints against five players but withdrew six of those complaints last week.
A statement issued by ERC said: An independent Disciplinary Committee met today in Dublin (25th February, 2004) to consider the citing complaints by London Wasps against players of USA Perpignan arising out of the meeting of the two teams in the sixth and final round of Pool matches in the Heineken Cup at Stade Aime Giral on 1st February, 2004.
Originally, London Wasps raised 12 complaints against five players with the tournament organisers, ERC. Last week they withdrew six of their complaints. The remaining six citings were brought against three players.
The independent Disciplinary Committee, comprising Rod McKenzie (SRU - chairman), Phil Orr (IRFU) and Terry Vaux (WRU), made the following decisions:
1. The one citing complaint against Rimas Alvarez Kairelis for alleged foul > play was dismissed. > 2. Of the two citings brought against Bernard Goutta, the Perpignan captain, one was dismissed and one upheld. In the complaint which was upheld, the Committee found the player had struck the Wasps No 6, Joe Worsley, with his fist and therefore imposed a suspension of 4 weeks with effect from today (Wed). 3. In relation to Michel Konieckiewicz, all three citings against the > player were upheld. In the case of the first citing, which involved the player standing on the foot of the Wasps No 9, Rob Howley, the player was reprimanded. In the case of the second and third citings, which involved punches to the head of the Wasps No 2 Trevor Leota and the Wasps No 16 Ben Gotting respectively, periods of suspension of 6 weeks were imposed in each case. The suspensions will run concurrently and are effective from today (Wed 25th Feb). Michel Konieckiewicz was ordered to pay one half of the total costs of London Wasps in connection with the citing proceedings and one half of thecosts of ERC. Bernard Goutta was ordered to pay one sixth of the costs of ERC. London Wasps were ordered to pay the remaining one third.
All parties have the right of appeal against any decision.