Ospreys and Wales wing handed four-match ban

Ospreys and Wales wing George North has been suspended for four matches after his red card against Dragons.

North was sent off for a dangerous challenge in the 14th minute on Dragons wing Ashton Hewitt during the 20-20 Pro14 draw at the Liberty Stadium.

The offence carried an eight-week suspension but was halved.

North’s clean disciplinary record, acceptance of his actions and remorse shown warranted application of 50% maximum mitigation.

It was the first red card of North’s professional career.

The British and Irish Lions wing was punished by referee Adam Jones under Law 9.17 – A player must not tackle, charge, pull, push or grasp an opponent whose feet are off the ground.

North accepted that his actions warranted a red card for foul play for the incident was deemed a mid-range offence.

As the 2020-21 season fixtures are not yet finalised, the ban will span over the course of four meaningful games starting with the final Pro14 match of the 2019-20 season against Cardiff Blues at Rodney Parade on Sunday, 30 August.

North has the the right to appeal.

source: BBC sports/rugby union

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