DUNCAN WEIR had been suspended for three matches for a high tackle offence in the 25th minute of last week’s URC clash against Ospreys, but that sanction will be reduced to two matches if he completes a World Rugby Coaching Intervention Programme.
That means the stand-off will miss only this weekend’s URC game against Benetton and a previously unannounced Glasgow Warriors ‘A’ versus Edinburgh Rugby ‘A’ match next Friday (24th November), but will be available to play against Ulster the following day (25th November), suggesting that Warriors managed to somehow persuade URC that he was going to feature in both those fixtures.
A statement from URC said: “The Citing Commissioner in charge reported Glasgow Warriors Player (No. 10) for an act of foul play in the 25th minute under Law 9.13 – A player must not tackle an opponent early, late or dangerously. Dangerous tackling includes, but is not limited to, tackling or attempting to tackle an opponent above the line of the shoulders even if the tackle starts below the line of the shoulders.
“In the Player’s responses to the Panel overseeing the disciplinary process Sibonile Khoza (Chair), Stefan Terblanche (both SARU) and Kim Moloney (IRFU), he had accepted that he had committed an act of foul play. The Panel found that the incident met the Red Card threshold, with entry of mid-range warranting six games’ suspension. However, the Panel reduced the suspension to three games due to the favourable mitigating factors a good record, apology and played full active part in the hearing which results in a three game suspension.”