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Ulster's Addison given four-week ban

Will Addison
Will Addison

By Michael Sadlier

Ulster have been hit with the news that Will Addison has been handed a four-week suspension.

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The 27-year-old utility back was cited for an alleged act of foul play over a tackle he made on Clermont lock Paul Jedrasiak in last Friday's Champions Cup game with the French side.

The incident ended Jedrasiak's game though neither match referee JP Doyle nor TMO Trevor Fisher felt that what had occurred merited foul play.

A complaint was made by match Citing Commissioner John Byett and Addison's hearing, in front of an independent Disciplinary Committee, took place in London today.

Under World Rugby's sanctions for foul play, Law 9.13 relating to dangerous tackling, Addison could have been suspended for two weeks if it had been deemed a low-end offence, or he could have been barred for up to 52 weeks if the incident had been regarded at the top-end.

Meanwhile, former Ulster assistant coach Allen Clarke is believed to have parted company with struggling Ospreys.

Clarke, who joined the Welsh region in 2017, was appointed head coach the following year but a dire start to this season has ended his time at the Liberty Stadium.

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