SCOTLAND forward Molly Wright has been handed a three match suspension after being red carded for a dangerous tackle during last Saturday’s defeat to England, meaning she will miss the remainder of her team’s Six Nations campaign.
A Six Nations Disciplinary Committee, which comprised Jennifer Donovan (Ireland), Juan Pablo Spirandelli (Argentina) and Stefan Terblanche (South Africa), heard evidence and submissions from Wright and her representative.
Wright accepted that she had committed an act of foul play and that it had warranted a red card, and the Disciplinary Committee found the offence to warrant a mid-range entry point (six weeks), as the minimum entry point required under the World Rugby’s sanctioning framework for any offence that involves contact with the head.
The Disciplinary Committee identified no aggravating factors and gave credit in mitigation to Wright’s prompt acceptance that her actions had constituted foul play and been worthy of a red card, her exemplary disciplinary record, and her clear remorse (shown by her attempts to make contact with the English player she had tackled post match to offer her apologies). The suspension was reduced by three weeks accordingly, so that the final period of suspension is three weeks.
The Disciplinary Committee determined that the suspension should, in the first instance, cover the two remaining matches to be played by the Scotland Women’s team in the 2021 Women’s Six Nations Championship, versus Italy on Saturday 17th April, and against opposition to be decided on Saturday 24th April.
Due to club rugby not currently being permitted under Scottish Government COVID-19 restrictions, the final match to which the suspension will apply is to be determined by the Disciplinary Committee once subsequent fixtures involving Wright’s club (Watsonians) or any other meaningful match is notified to Six Nations Rugby and agreed by the Committee.