Leinster have been dealt a blow with the news that James Lowe has been handed a two-week ban for the red card he received in his side’s 26-17 loss to Munster in the Guinness PRO14 on Saturday.
Lowe was sent off by referee Frank Murphy in the first half of the ill-tempered clash for colliding with Andrew Conway in the air.
Lowe made no attempt to compete for the ball and he made contact with Conway who was airborne. The Munster winger subsequently landed on his head/shoulder area.
A disciplinary hearing took place today via video conference and a low entry point of four weeks was handed down to Lowe for the offence.
However, due to the “player’s clean disciplinary record and the conduct of the player and his club throughout the process”, the ban was reduced by 50% with a two-week ban the final outcome.
The decision means that Lowe will miss this weekend’s clash with Ulster but more worryingly, the winger looks set to miss Leinster’s crucial Heineken Champions Cup clash with Toulouse on Saturday week.
Lowe has the right to appeal the decision.