Gloucester Rugby prop Nick Wood handed eight-week ban for stamping red card against Saracens
NICK Wood has been suspended for eight weeks for stamping on Jacques Burger’s head in Gloucester’s 44-12 defeat at Saracens on Sunday.
The 30-year-old prop pleaded guilty to the offence in an RFU disciplinary hearing at Bristol Filton Holiday Inn.
Chairman Christopher Quinlan QC, Mike Curling and John Doubleday heard the case, and suspended Wood from September 18 until November 12.
Wood will miss five Premiership matches, two Heineken Cup clashes and one LV=Cup game.
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The Cirencester-raised loosehead will be available for Gloucester’s LV=Cup trip to Newcastle Falcons on Saturday, November 16.
As revealed in The Citizen yesterday, Wood and Gloucester used video evidence to prove the front-rower did not intend to make contact with Saracens flanker Burger’s head.
Wood initially raked Burger’s back, the back-rower then wriggled on the ground.
The Gloucester prop brought his foot back down in the same spot – only to find Burger had unwittingly shifted his head into the firing line.
Wood was mortified by the mistake, apologised on the field to Burger before leaving the pitch.
And he shook hands with the Saracens man after the match.
His previous good character – no red cards and just nine yellows in his prior 231 club appearances – also helped reduce the length of his ban.