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Watch - Exiled Wales star Joe Hawkins cops ban for hit that hurt him more than ball carrier

By Ian Cameron
Joe Hawkins and Henry Slade of Exeter Chiefs look on during the Investec Champions Cup match between Exeter Chiefs and Glasgow Warriors at Sandy Park on January 13, 2024 in Exeter, England. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

Exiled Wales star Joe Hawkins has received a ban for an incident over the weekend in his side’s 40-17 loss in the Champions Cup to Bayonne.


The Exeter Chiefs centre has been handed a three-week suspension after an independent Disciplinary Hearing found his guilty regarding the Round 4 match against Bayonne at Stade Jean-Dauger.

Hawkins was shown a red card in the 77th minute by referee Nika Amashukeli of Georgia for dangerously tackling Aviron Bayonnais replacement Federico Mori contravening Law 9.13 which states a player must not tackle an opponent early late or dangerously.

The ban comes even though Hawkins came off much the worse of the two players involved.

Under World Rugby’s Sanctions for Foul Play Law 9.13 has sanction entry points of 2 weeks at the low end 6 weeks mid-range and 10 to 52 weeks at the top end. The case was reviewed on a papers-only basis by independent Judicial Officer Pamela Woodman from Scotland who concluded that Hawkins’ tackle warranted a red card. She deemed the offense to be mid-range leading to a starting sanction of six weeks.

The sanction was halved to three weeks considering Hawkins’ prompt acceptance of the charge and his cooperation with the disciplinary process. As per the Exeter Chiefs’ fixture list Hawkins can return to play on Monday 19 February. However with a completed World Rugby Coaching Intervention he may resume playing as early as Monday 12 February.



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Jaks 180 days ago

Ban is for the recklessness of the hit. I think the laws are clear and have been for a while now. If you're not attempting to tackle low and get a shot to the head regardless of impact its a yellow or red. People need to get over it. The new laws are there to protect both the runner and the tacklers. If you get a ban for poor tackle technique that's on you.

Clive 181 days ago

The game has gone woke, I’ve been hit harder by my 12 yr old granddaughter. No malice and very little force, a weak Rse penalty at most.

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