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Published: 19:58 | 12/10/16

Cronin suspended for four weeks

Munster prop James Cronin has been suspended for four weeks for stamping on Leinster scrum-half Jamison Gibson-Park.

Cronin was cited for an incident in the second half of Munster's Guinness PRO12 defeat in which he appeared to make contact with Gibson-Park's face.

A disciplinary panel found him guilty of the offence and imposed a four-week suspension, which will rule him out of Munster's opening two Champions Cup fixtures against Racing 92 and Glasgow Warriors as well as the PRO12 games against Ulster and Ospreys.

“The disciplinary committee, chaired by Rod McKenzie along with Kathrine Mackie and Rory Bannerman (all Scotland), having considered all of the evidence and listened to representations by and on behalf of Mr Cronin, found that Mr Cronin had committed an act of foul play under Law 10.4(b) that warranted a red card (namely, recklessly stamping on the head of an opponent)," a statement read.

“Having heard submissions on sanction, the disciplinary committee concluded that the offending was at the mid range of World Rugby's scale of seriousness for this type of offending, which has an entry point of five weeks. After taking into account mitigating factors, the disciplinary committee determined the appropriate sanction to be a playing suspension of four weeks.”

Cronin has the right to appeal.

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