Pisi appeals tip tackle ban

Fri, 15 Nov 2013 13:05

Samoan centre George Pisi has formally appealed his six-week playing suspension for a tip tackle against Ireland.

Pisi was found guilty by an independent Disciplinary Committee for an infringement of Law 10.4(j) in the match for his tackle on Irish wing Tommy Bowe last week.

The 27-year-old - who plays for English side Northampton - managed to convince the three-man disciplinary panel in London that it was not a dangerous tackle as cited, but a tip tackle which carries a lesser ban.

Pisi, however, failed to persuade the panel that it wasn't a red card offence - he only received a yellow from referee Steve Walsh.

On that basis the committee decided their punishment warranted a mid-range entry point of an eight-week suspension.

That was then increased by two weeks as a deterrent with regard to tip tackles, before four weeks were taken off after various mitigating factors were taken into account.

The date and time of the hearing will be advised at a later date