Howard to face the music
NEWS: Worcester Warriors fullback Ben Howard has been cited for foul play following his club's European Rugby Challenge Cup match against Ensei-STM at Sixways on Saturday.
Howard is alleged to have struck the Enisei-STM wing, Denis Simplikevich, with his knee in the 19th minute of the match in contravention of Law 10.4 (a). Under World Rugby's Sanctions for Foul Play, Law 10.4 (a), striking with the knee, carries the following sanction entry points - Low End: 3 weeks; Mid-range: 8 weeks; Top end: 12 to 52 weeks.
The complaint was made by the match Citing Commissioner, Tim Lowry (Ireland).
Roger Morris (Wales), Chairman, Jean-René Hegoburu (France) and Tom Rees (England) have been appointed as the independent Disciplinary Committee for the hearing which will take place in London on Wednesday, January 25.
Meanwhile, Enisei-STM wing Igor Kurashov was issued with a red card during the same match.
Kurashov was sent off by referee, Daniel Jones (Wales), in the 69th minute of the match after he had been shown a second yellow card. Both yellow cards were for technical infringements.
Roger Morris (Wales) has been appointed as the independent Judicial Officer and he will consider the case on Wednesday, January 25.