Saracens flanker Rhodes cited for headbutting

Rhodes is alleged to have struck Leinster’s Robbie Henshaw with his head

Last Updated: 21/09/20 8:44pm

Saracens must wait to see if flanker Mike Rhodes must serve a ban
Saracens must wait to see if flanker Mike Rhodes must serve a ban

Saracens flanker Mike Rhodes has been cited for headbutting during his side’s Heineken Champions Cup win against Leinster on Saturday.

The South African flanker is facing a ban after being alleged to have struck Leinster centre Robbie Henshaw with his head in the opening stages of Saracens’ 25-17 quarter-final win in Dublin.

A European Professional Club Rugby statement read: “Rhodes is alleged to have committed an act of foul play in that he struck the Leinster centre, Robbie Henshaw (No 12), with his head in the second minute of the match in contravention of Law 9.12.

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Five Saracens players are included after their impressive Champions Cup quarter-final win over Leinster.

“An independent disciplinary committee comprising Simon Thomas (Wales), Chair, Frank Hadden (Scotland) and Val Toma (Romania) will hear the case by video conference on Tuesday, September 22.”

The complaint was made by the match citing commissioner Beth Dickens (Scotland), EPCR said.

Under World Rugby’s foul play laws, striking with the head carries a sanction of a six-week ban for a low-end offence, 10 weeks for mid-range and from 16 to 104 weeks for a top-end offence.

A suspension would be a setback for Saracens, who are already without suspended talisman fly-half Owen Farrell.

Sarries face French side Racing 92 in the semi-finals of the Champions Cup on Saturday.

Source : Sky Sports