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    Tonight’s rugby news as anger-provoking Welsh derby incident is grounded and Rees-Zammit faces major test

    ByMonelo Gabriel

    Mar 31, 2023

    Here are the latest rugby headlines for Friday March 31st.

    Tomkinson penalized for tackle that sparked outrage

    Dragons RFC center Sio Tomkinson has been suspended for three games for the grim red-carding of Ospreys star Jack Walsh in last weekend’s Welsh derby.

    The ugly late challenge drew condemnation across rugby, with Dragons manager Dai Flanagan admitting his players crossed the line with their brutal attack on Walsh throughout the match.

    A URC disciplinary hearing found Tomkinson guilty of a reckless, though not willful, act, but halved the six-week point-of-entry ban due to his remorse and acceptance of the foul play charge.

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    Unhappy Ospreys coach Toby Booth said Walsh was still reeling from the incident after “his head was taken off his shoulders”.

    In Tomkinson’s responses to the judicial officer overseeing the disciplinary process (Tommy Dalton (Ireland)), he accepted that he had committed an act of foul play which warranted a red card. Mr. Dalton found that the incident reached the red card threshold and that the player’s actions were reckless and not deliberate. He determined that the appropriate entry point was the midrange that warranted six weeks.

    If Tomkinson completes World Rugby’s Coaches Intervention Program, the ban will be reduced by one week.


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