Nicky Griffiths disciplinary18/04/2012
Jersey's Nicky Griffiths receives four-week ban
Jersey scrum-half Nicky Griffiths will miss the climax of the club's season after receiving a four-week ban for a so-called tip-tackle.
Griffiths faced an RFU disciplinary hearing yesterday (Tuesday April 17th) following the incident in Jersey's match against Tynedale on March 31st. The Welsh international sevens player received a red card for the tackle on Tyne's Sam Shires in the 69th minute of the National One game.
The club had hoped that the red card might be deemed sufficient punishment, but with the International Rugby Board looking to take punitive action against dangerous tackles, the panel ruled that a ban should be imposed.
In the light of the offence covered by law 10 (4) j, the panel determined that Griffiths' act was a 'mid-range' offence, earning a ban of six weeks which was reduced to four in the light of his previous good disciplinary record, the remorse shown and the absence of any pre-meditation.
The ban will cover Jersey's final two National One league games against Coventry and Fylde, plus the IRB Sevens tournaments in Glasgow and London on the first two weekends of May.
Although Griffiths had the right of appeal, the decision has been made not to pursue this option.
"This is a disappointing outcome for an incident which was not malicious, did not cause injury and for which Nicky immediately apologised," said a spokesman for JRFC. "But the current climate in rugby has put this type of offence in the spotlight, and as a result he has been banned, a verdict that we have decided we must reluctantly accept.
"Nicky has been unfortunate to miss a number of games this season through injury and now suspension but he has nevertheless been a valued member of the squad and helped us secure a number of important wins."