England’s renowned prop, Ellis Genge, has been handed a three-week suspension following a perilous tackle on Tom Curry in the Bristol versus Sale match. The 28-year-old Bristol prop faced a temporary expulsion during the game’s second half, with further charges leveled against him after the match concluded.
Genge promptly acknowledged the charges before the hearing on Tuesday. His acceptance, combined with other mitigating factors, led to a reduction of his initial ban by half. Participation in a World Rugby coaching intervention program could further decrease his suspension to two weeks.
As a consequence of the ban, Genge, who first captained England in this year’s Six Nations, will miss the Bears’ last two Premiership season games. These matches include a face-off against Exeter on April 22nd and a clash with Gloucester on May 6th.
Panel chair Matthew Weaver commented on the reduced suspension, stating, “Considering Genge’s prompt admission of guilt, his apology to Tom Curry, and his commendable disciplinary history spanning over 150 top-level and 40 international matches, the panel felt justified in mitigating the suspension.”
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