Adam Hastings to miss Six Nations matches against Ireland and Italy

Glasgow Warriors and Scotland stand-off has been banned for three matches after being sent-off during last Sunday's PRO14 clash versus Leinster

Adam Hastings has been banned for three matches after picking up a red card whilst playing for Glasgow Warriors against Leinster on Sunday night. Image: ©Craig Watson
Adam Hastings has been banned for three matches after picking up a red card whilst playing for Glasgow Warriors against Leinster on Sunday night. Image: ©Craig Watson

ADAM HASTINGS will miss Scotland’s Six Nations matches against Ireland on Sunday 14th March and Italy on Saturday 20th March after being handed a three-match ban following his red card for dangerous play during Glasgow Warriors’ PRO14 defeat to Leinster on Sunday night.

A PRO14 disciplinary panel chaired by Judicial Officer Owain Rhys James (WRU) concluded that:

“An act of foul play had occurred. The incident was found to merit a mid-range entry point, which indicates a six-week suspension for this offence, but it was determined that there were mitigating factors, including the player’s acceptance of the foul play, immediate and genuine remorse, cooperation with the disciplinary proceedings and clear disciplinary record, which under the disciplinary rules warranted a reduction in the sanction of 50 percent.

“The Player is suspended from participating in the next three meaningful matches. Should a game be postponed or cancelled during this window of games, the player and PRO14 are to submit updated fixtures to the Judicial Officer so the return date can be advised.

“The Player is free to play from midnight on Sunday 21st March 2021.”

The three games listed in the statement are Glasgow Warriors’s Guinness PRO14 round 14 contest against Zebre this coming weekend, their round 15 game against Ospreys the following weekend, and Scotland’s Six Nations clash against Italy.

PRO14 later explained that the Ospreys game and Scotland’s match against Italy count as one match for the purposes of the suspension. They also noted that “midnight on Sunday” means the start of Sunday, which in turn means that Hastings can play in Glasgow’s game against the Dragons, which kicks off at three o’clock that afternoon.

Meanwhile, Munster’s Scottish-qualified stand-off Ben Healy, who was linked with a move to Warriors before Christmas, has graduated from an academy contract to a senior deal with the province.

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  1. As my old uncle said to me at the last funeral “the world seems to be in a hell of a mess”

    Everywhere you look, common sense struggling for air.

  2. Its a heavy-handed punishment again from the committee. I wonder who was on it this time? But the lack of consistency is quite stark. It was a red card….but it had no intention. I had it at 3 weeks mitigated to 1.

      • The point is that it should come into it, ‘intent’ is an integral part of any judicial system: you drive your car deliberately onto the pavement with malice aforethought and run someone over, intent, deliberate, it is murder.
        You fail to check you brakes and drive on bold tyres, no MoT get a blow out, swerve onto the pavement, run someone over, intent none but it is manslaughter by merit of negligence and the penalty is less than murder, because although you have committed the same or similar infraction, there wasn’t the intent.
        There is a massive difference between common assault and GBH, is the punishment identical? No. The sooner the demand for common sense to be restored to refereeing Rugby the better.

      • The point George is that you can’t criticise the disciplinary committee for following the regulations they have been set-up to administer.

        Disciplinary committees like courts can only follow their own rules and regulations.

      • I understand the point you make and it is correct, but I don’t think reading either of the two comments I made specifically blame individuals, although I have in other posts criticised the experience and therefor the ability to make pertinent judgements in recent deliberations.
        Rather I had hoped to get some momentum from Journalists, Players and Coaches along with us Alikadoo’s [forgive me if you are lucky enough not to be one yet] in the authorities looking at the illogicality of their regulations in regard to the Laws and change them to reflect common sense regarding the severity of the offence matching the severity of the punishment.
        As it stands that basic concept of equitability is not in the process.

      • I’m certainly not an alickadoo George (and I’m not sure I want to be one!) and although I was replying to you I was referring really to all the comments on recent threads criticising the various disciplinary committees for largely doing what they are instructed.

        There was an interesting incident yesterday that you might have seen where Gloucester’s Ollie Thornley was shown a red card whilst off the pitch receiving treatment for a clearly accidental clash of heads which seemingly caused little damage to his opponent and quite a lot to himself. It was such a bizarre incident (and one which the TMO regarded as no more than a rugby collision) that I wonder if it will lead to the authorities having a re-think as to how such events are handled both on and off the field.

      • Interesting comment re Thorley incident, hopefully common sense will return. I got the impression that you thought Alikadoo was a bit of an insult, I have always thought it was somebody like me that played for 25 years and then took up Rowing, need to be just as fit but the only kicking came from the coach.

      • Possibly different interpretations of alickadoo in different areas George. I have always regarded it as referring to an older person who constantly offers advice (much of it of little use) as it’s “all I can do”.

        Going back to the Thorley incident what was even more humorous was the ref seeking to wave the red card at someone in the absence of Thorley brandished it in the general direction of the bemused Charlie Sharples who had just stepped onto the field as a HIA replacement for Thorley!

  3. BBC reporting his three missed games will be the Italy game plus two Glasgow matches – am I missing something here or is that incorrect? What about the Ireland match?

  4. Certainly the whole disciplinary ‘hearing’ process seems to just be a superfluous piece of theatre when it simply boils down to the application of a very simple formula a six year old could apply with thirty seconds thought.

  5. For the life of me I can’t see any comparison with the incidents that have attracted the Referee’s to issue Red Cards handed out over the past 4 or 5 weeks, yet they attract identical minimum penalties with the illogical, some would say, of questioning the severity or intent and penalising the player defending himself with an almost infantile extra week for having the temerity to question any aspect of the incident.
    Where is the logic of the supposed injured party not being required to have an HIA where incidents involving the Head are the central part of the alleged offence.
    It defies common sense [sadly lacking in ever increasing quantities across society] to issue identical punishment for a contact [no matter how minimal] that does not attract medical intervention.
    The argument that these Black and White decisions will educate players is vacuous where an ‘accidental’ infringement occurs, or where actions of the supposed injured party are part of the incident, where, for instance, a late movement of the supposed non offending participant is clearly an aspect. There could even be a situation where the supposed innocent party has actually caused the incident by his actions: and I am sure a moments reflection of recent incidents might well offer clarity to that suggestion.
    How does the referee or TMO determine the difference between a crafty bit of theatre, clutching the face and falling down as if poleaxed, yet miraculously arise and carry on playing with no ill effect, because quite frankly there was no damaging effect and it’s a route to 3 points and 1 less opposing player for the remainder of the fixture.
    It is important, some would say essential, for the good of the game for anomalies to be recognised and the appropriate ability to go from penalty to Yellow to Red rather than just the indiscriminate penalty of Red. Frankly it flies in the face of any natural justice, almost akin to a common assault to GBH being given the same judicial penalty.
    Well that is, for what it is worth, my case for the defence of common sense and the game of Rugby, but it shouldn’t just be alikadoo’s like me that attempt to point out the blooming obvious, it requires the Media, Players and Coaches that instigate a thought process of where this thin end of wedge ends up and make their opposition to the inflexibility of the penalties.

  6. Disciplinary Panel once again shown to be a joke. Peter O’Mahoney in an international match gets 3 weeks for.a blatant intentional act of foul play. Hastings gets the same 3 week ban for an accidental collision. For goodness sake will someone get a hold of this in rugby and start handing out decisions which reflect the circumstances.

  7. Real shame. He looked great against Leinster. Took the ball to the line and made calm decisions. But this opens the door further for Ross Thompson

  8. I will settle for 3 games. He should just start packing and head off to Gloucester now. Bye bye.

    Look forward to seeing Ross Thompson push on now.


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