The RFU Disciplinary Panel have on Tuesday evening decided on Harlequins tighthead prop Kyle Sinckler’s punishment after he was found to have made contact with the eye of Michael Paterson.
Facing Northampton Saints last weekend, the 24-year-old was adjudged to have come in contact with eye by the disciplinary panel despite the referee, Luke Pearce, only awarding a penalty following the 49th-minute infraction.
Sinckler, who accepted the charge of ‘contact with the eye’, has been suspended for seven weeks as a result and will definitely miss out on England’s opening two November internationals versus Australia and Argentina.
Following the ruling, chairman of the panel Dan White said:
“The panel heard evidence from the player as to his actions. They found it was an intentional action but that due to the absence of injury it merited a low end entry point.
“The player has not got a clear record because of a suspension in 2015 and so the panel could not give full mitigation.”
Following the decision, this is what Sinckler had to say on the outcome:
“I accept the outcome of the hearing and wanted to go on record to say I am sorry that I have let my team mates down, but more importantly I feel terrible that anyone would think I would deliberately gouge an opponent. That was never my intention – it was a genuine mistake and an act of recklessness on my part.
“I will spend the next seven weeks working hard on my fitness and rugby to ensure that when I am able to get back on the field I am fit and ready to do so and make the best possible contribution to Quins.”
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena