Colomiers prop banned for two years for gouging
November 27, 1999
Colomiers prop Richard Nones has been banned for two years for eye gouging following his injury-time dismissal in the Heineken Cup Pool Four match at Pontypridd tonight.
Nones, a 58th-minute replacement during the French side's 22-14 defeat at Sardis Road, was shown the red card by Scottish international referee Jim Fleming after his touch judge Bertie Craig had spotted an incident at the game's final scrum.
Craig's assertion of gouging led to Nones being dismissed and his opposite number Sven Cronk, who retaliated with a punch, being given a yellow card.
Welsh Rugby Union delegate Huw Lewis, acting as the match commissioner, handed down the 24-month penalty after a lengthy post-match disciplinary hearing.
Jonny Wilkinson is the face of Toulon but whisper it, they might be a better team without him. Paul Eddison examines the case for dropping the talisman
"It does sometimes get tough as you get older, but there's nothing else I'd rather do." Tom Hamilton talks to fly-half Dan Carter
Stingers, a rampaging Fijian and two Dannys looking to be champions of the world - Monday Maul looks at some key talking points
The latest Week in Pictures takes in the Top 14, Super Rugby and the Aviva Premiership with fireworks and monsters both featuring