Tom Dunn and Will Muir each appeared before an online independent disciplinary panel last night (Wednesday 31 March 2021).
Dunn was shown a red card by referee Craig Maxwell-Keys in the 61st minute of the match between London Irish and Bath on Saturday 27 March 2021 for striking with the elbow contrary to World Rugby Law 9.12.
Muir was cited by independent citing commissioner Duncan Bell following the same match. This was for tackling London Irish's Rob Simmons in the air, contrary to World Rugby Law 9.17.
Both Dunn and Muir accepted the charges against them and were given suspensions by the independent disciplinary panel comprising Sean Enright (chair) with Gareth Graham and Mitch Read as follows:
Dunn – three-week suspension
Muir – two-week suspension
Each player's free to play date is dependent on Bath Rugby's confirmed fixture list.
Independent panel statement Dunn: "The panel had the benefit of written submissions from the player and the RFU in advance of the hearing. Considered alongside the video footage, the panel assessed the entry point as mid-range. This was not an intentional strike with the elbow and there had been limited effect on the London Irish player who had been able to continue the game. The player has one matter on his disciplinary record from 2013 but the panel did not consider that this should prevent him from receiving the full mitigation available in light of his early guilty plea, his apology and the manner in which he engaged with the hearing process.
"He is suspended for three weeks which will include three meaningful fixtures subject to Bath Rugby’s progress in the EPCR Challenge Cup."
Independent panel statement Muir: "The panel accepted that this was a clumsy, reckless action by the player but one which resulted in the London Irish player landing in a dangerous position. For that reason, the player accepted the citing and agreed that it merited a red card. London Irish confirmed that their player experienced soreness but that he was able to play on and train and normal. The panel considered this to be at the low end of entry points which carries a four-week starting point. There are no aggravating features and the player was entitled to the full mitigation on account of his acceptance of the charge, clear record and other mitigation factors.
"He is suspended for two weeks which will cover two meaningful fixtures and will be subject to Bath Rugby’s progress in the EPCR Challenge Cup.”