Ulster back rower Roger Wilson appeared today before an independent PRO12 Rugby disciplinary committee, following a citing for allegedly striking an opponent during the second half of last Friday’s GUINNESS PRO12 match between Ulster and the Scarlets.
The disciplinary committee, chaired by Roddy Dunlop, sitting with Pamela Woodman and John Kirk (all Scotland), having listened to representations by and on behalf of the player, and viewed TV footage of the incident, found that Roger Wilson had committed an act of foul play which would have warranted a red card.
The committee considered it to be reckless rather than intentional, and at the low end of World Rugby’s sanctions for this type of offence, which carries an entry-point of two weeks.
The committee found that there were no aggravating factors, and after taking into account the mitigating factors, they reduced the entry point by one week and imposed a one-week suspension. Wilson is suspended from playing until midnight this Sunday (March 8), meaning he will miss Ulster’s PRO12 clash with the Dragons. He has the right of appeal.
Law 10.4 (a): Punching or striking. A player must strike an opponent with the fist or arm, including the elbow, shoulder, head or knee(s).