Josh Helps banned for five weeks following George Taylor tackle

Scarlets second-row Josh Helps has been handed a five-week suspension for a high tackle which left Edinburgh's George Taylor with significant facial injuries

Josh Helps is shown the red card by referee Chris Busby. Image: © Craig Watson -
Josh Helps is shown the red card by referee Chris Busby. Image: © Craig Watson -

SCARLETS second-row Josh Helps has been banned for five weeks after his red-card against Edinburgh on Sunday night for a high-tackle which left George Taylor with significant facial injuries.

The incident prompted a furious reaction from Edinburgh head coach Richard Cockerill, who described the tackle as “as nasty as you’ll see” and “something that we need to get rid of in the game”.

A statement issued by tournament organisers PRO14 Rugby stated that:

The player was shown a red card during Scarlets’ game with Edinburgh Rugby on Sunday, November 1 at Parc y Scarlets in Llanelli by referee Chris Busby (IRFU) under Law 9.11 – Players must not do anything that is reckless or dangerous to others.

The Disciplinary process for the red card offence was presided over by Judicial Officer John Carroll (IRFU). The Player accepted that his actions were reckless and that the offence warranted a red card. The incident was deemed a top-end offence, which carries a 10-week suspension.

Having reviewed all of the evidence available and considered the the Player’s previous clean disciplinary record, acceptance of his actions, co-operation and his apology, the Judicial Officer followed World Rugby guidelines and applied mitigation, bringing his ban to five weeks.

The Player will be free to play from midnight on December 13, 2020 and was reminded of his right to appeal.

Richard Cockerill furious with ‘nasty’ tackle on George Taylor

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  1. Thuggery at it’s worst and I’m struggling to understand the mitigation which cut the potential ban in half.

    • And no doubt a loss of potential earnings if there is a bonus to consider, and pain and suffering. It’s one thing to get crocked in a hard physical game, players have always expected that but there seems to be a mind set at Llanelli at the moment that goes beyond the physical and into the dangerous.
      As for some of the antics their scrum half got away with, laughable.

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