Munster’s Andrew Conway has been handed a mere one-week suspension by a Pro14 disciplinary panel for late-charging Connacht out-half Jack Carty after he kicked the ball in the 61st minute of an all-Irish clash at the Sportsground in Galway on Friday.
The tackle forced referee Nigel Owens to brandish a red card under Law 10.4, meaning that Conway initially faced a potential 10-week ban.
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However, the disciplinary panel that convened in Edinburgh earlier today decided that Conway’s tackle only deserved a low-end range sanction. This would normally mean a two week suspension, but the squeaky clean nature of the Munster back’s prior disciplinary record was taken into consideration and the length of his ban was reduced.
This is great news for the 26-year-old, who has been selected for the Ireland squad ahead of the November internationals at the Aviva Stadium. The leniency of the panel means that he will still be available for selection ahead of Ireland’s first Test against South Africa on the 11th of the month.
Munster went on to suffer defeat at the Sportsground by a score of 20-16. They now sit in second in conference A, 12 points behind Glasgow Warriors but 9 points ahead of Connacht, who are in fourth.