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.