Player’s complete coaching Intervention Programme

Marshall Sykes of Edinburgh Rugby was sanctioned by a Judicial Officer after he was sent off in the United Rugby Championship Round 16 game against Zebre Parma on Friday, April 22.

The incident occurred in the 44th minute and the Player received a Red Card under Law 9.20b – A player must not make contact with an opponent above the line of the shoulders.

The Judicial Officer overseeing the disciplinary process, Rhian Williams (Wales) determined that the Player’s actions met the threshold of a Red Card and that the act of foul play warranted a sanction. Mr. Goodwin determined the entry point be mid-range which carried a suspension of six (6) weeks. However, considering the Player accepted that the act of foul play warranted a Red Card, has a clean previous record, his exemplary behaviour during the process these considerations entitled him to full (50 per cent) mitigation.

Subsequently the Player has successfully taken part in the World Rugby HPC Coaching Intervention process, where a Player can undergo a coaching session to modify their technique or behaviours. This process is overseen by an independent expert coaching review group, which has reduced the ban by a further week.

Marshall Sykes is now free to play and can be selected for this weekend’s fixture against Glasgow Warriors.

Niccolo Cannone of Benetton was sanctioned by a Judicial Officer after he was sent off in the United Rugby Championship Round 16 game against Vodacom Bulls on Saturday, April 23.

The incident occurred in the 71st minute and the Player received a Red Card under Law 9.12 – A player must not physically or verbally abuse anyone. Physical abuse includes, but is not limited to, biting, punching, contact with the eye or eye area, striking with any part of the arm, shoulder, head or knee(s), stamping, trampling, tripping or kicking.

The Judicial Officer overseeing the disciplinary process, Jennifer Donovan (Ireland) determined that the Player’s actions met the threshold of a Red Card and that the act of foul play warranted a sanction. Ms. Donovan determined the entry point be mid-range which carried a suspension of six (6) weeks. However, considering the Player accepted that the act of foul play warranted a Red Card, has a clean previous record, his exemplary behaviour during the process these considerations entitled him to full (50 per cent) mitigation.

Subsequently the Player has successfully taken part in the World Rugby HPC Coaching Intervention process, where a Player can undergo a coaching session to modify their technique or behaviours. This process is overseen by an independent expert coaching review group, which has reduced the ban by a further week.

Niccolo Cannone is now free to play and can be selected for this weekend’s fixture against Cardiff Rugby.

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