Francisco Chaparro, Newport Gwent Dragons' replacement prop forward, was today suspended for a period of 10 weeks following his red card for a dangerous "tip" tackle,
contrary to Law 10.4 (j) , in the RaboDirect PRO12 match between Leinster and Newport Gwent Dragons on Friday 14th February 2014.
The independent RaboDirect PRO12 disciplinary committee, chaired by Pamela Woodman, sitting alongside Iain Goodall and Douglas Hunter (all Scotland), having viewed video footage of the incident and listened to submissions by and on behalf of the player, determined that the offence committed was at the top end of the IRB's scale of seriousness. In reaching its decision, the committee took into account aggravating factors, including the need for a deterrent for the type of tackle, together with mitigating factors such as the player's previous good record and conduct at the hearing.
Francisco Chaparro is suspended until midnight on Sunday 27th April 2014 and has the right of appeal.
Law 10.4 (j) Lifting a player from the ground and dropping or driving that player into the ground whilst that player's feet are still off the ground such that the player's head and/or upper body come into contact with the ground is dangerous play
Ireland's heroes will return to the GUINNESS PRO12 bursting with confidence after three victories out of three this autumn, and more bragging rights are up for grabs in the clash between Munster and Ulster on Friday night.
Connacht have lost just one of their last four Guinness PRO12 fixtures: 11-26 to Ospreys in Swansea in round 7, whilst their 43-3 victory over Zebre on Friday was their second biggest win in the history of the PRO12.