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Northampton prop Kieran Brookes given two-week ban

Northampton prop Kieran Brookes has been handed a two-week suspension following his sending-off against Newcastle.

The England international was dismissed during Friday's Aviva Premiership match at Franklin's Gardens for charging into a ruck and making contact with the head of Newcastle flanker Scott Lawson.

Brookes pleaded guilty to the charge and has been banned by the RFU disciplinary panel until Tuesday, December 13.

Newcastle lock Calum Green, meanwhile, was given a one-week suspension after being cited for striking Brookes with his forearm during the same match. Green also pleaded guilty at a hearing heard in Leeds on Tuesday night.

An RFU statement read: "Both of these cases were considered low-end entry points by the panel, however Kieran Brookes does not have a clean disciplinary record and so the panel did not feel able to reduce the sanction to one week as they could in the case of Calum Green."

Cardiff prop Anton Peikrishvili, meanwhile, has been given a six-week ban for biting Ospreys flanker Rob McCusker.

The Georgia international pleaded guilty to the charge of "acts contrary to good sportsmanship" after being sent off in the Anglo Welsh Cup fixture earlier this month. He will be free to play again on January 2 after his ban was backdated to November 22.

Scarlets back forward Jack Condy was handed a one-week suspension for striking a Newport Gwent Dragons player during their Anglo Welsh Cup clash, but that was also backdated to November 22, meaning he is now free to play again.


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