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Collins banned for Umaga tackle


Northampton's Tom Collins banned for red-carded tackle on Umaga

By PA Authors
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Northampton winger Tom Collins has been dealt a two-week suspension following his sending off in last weekend’s Gallagher Premiership win over Wasps.

Collins was dismissed after an aerial challenge with fly-half Jacob Umaga in the 65th minute on Sunday at the Ricoh Arena.

Both players received lengthy medical treatment following the collision before Collins was given his marching orders.

Collins will now miss his side’s Heineken Champions Cup matches against Benetton and Lyon. He is free to play again for the Saints on January 21.

“The panel found that the player’s actions were reckless in that he failed in his duty to protect the player in the air,” said independent panel chair Matthew Weaver following Wednesday’s disciplinary hearing.

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“They accepted that there was no intent to cause any harm and the player was immediately remorseful for the injury sustained by Jacob Umaga.

“The panel found that this was a low-end entry point of four weeks and that the player was allowed the maximum mitigation of 50 per cent due to his acceptance of the charge, his clean record and immediate and genuine remorse.”

– Press Association 

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Northampton's Tom Collins banned for red-carded tackle on Umaga