Wood to find out fate on Wednesday
September 16, 2013
Nick Wood cut a dejected figure after being shown the red card © Getty Images
Gloucester prop Nick Wood will face a Rugby Football Union disciplinary panel on Wednesday after he was issued with a straight red card for stamping on Saracens flanker Jacques Burger on Sunday.
Wood's hearing will be held in Bristol and will be heard by a panel of Christopher Quinlan QC (chair), Mike Curling and John Doubleday. According to International Rugby Board regulations, a mid-range offence for stamping sees an entry point of a five-week ban with a top-end incident seeing at least a nine-week suspension with a maximum of a year.
The loose-head was issued a straight red card by Wayne Barnes for stamping twice on Saracens flanker Jacques Burger in the 73rd second of Sunday's game at Allianz Park. It was a moment that swung the match in the host's favour with Gloucester having to contend the rest of the game with just 14 men.
Gloucester went into the game on the back of a poor 22-16 loss at home to Sale last weekend - a match in which Wood was sin-binned - and Davies revealed post-match a remorseful Wood apologised to his team-mates for his moment of madness.
"It's very difficult for Nick, he's in bits in the changing room. I saw it on the big screen like everybody else and it didn't look great," Davies said. "Nick is not a dirty player and never has been. He's a good technician and a good rugby player.
"We'll look at the video and take it from there. The red card, as it was seen by the referee, was fair."
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