Ulster propsman Tom O’Toole banned for three weeks for high tackle against Toulouse


Ulster tighthead propsman Tom O’Toole will be suspended for the trip to Edinburgh on Saturday after being handed a three-week ban for his red card against Toulouse in the second leg of the Heineken Champions Cup round of 16.

The prop was sent off by referee Matthew Carley in the 65th minute for a tackle on Toulouse flanker Anthony Jelonch that saw his shoulder touch the France international’s head.

O’Toole faced a disciplinary tribunal who found he had breached World Rugby’s Law 9.13 – a player must not dangerously attack an opponent – and imposed the suspension accordingly.

The panel, chaired by Gareth Graham (England) and supported by Marcello d’Orey (Portugal) and Martyn Wood (England), felt it was a so-so start to a six-week suspension.

That number was halved because O’Toole accepted the red card decision and pleaded guilty, as well as the propman’s clean disciplinary record and the fact that there were no aggravating factors leading up to the incident.

The suspension is retroactive to the Monday following the incident, meaning the Ireland international is suspended until May 9, although he could see the suspension reduced to two weeks and therefore available on May 2 should he resume coaching -Complete World Rugby’s intervention course.

O’Toole will certainly miss Saturday’s United Rugby Championship trip to Edinburgh but that will be the only game he misses whether or not he sees his suspension reduced as Ulster are up until 21 the following weekend Cell C Sharks at Ravenhill.

In his absence, Ulster is likely to turn to Gareth Milasinovich for his second start for the province at DAM Health Stadium on Saturday while Ross Kane is in line for a recall on the bench.

Interestingly, during the same game, which went unpenalized by officials at the time, Ulster full-back Mike Lowry also received a citation commissioner warning for his mid-air tackle on Thomas Ramos.

The full-back airlifted his opposite number just before O’Toole’s incident, but although Carley referred it to TMO, Carley judged it a fair fight.

Players who receive three cautions or are shown three yellow cards for foul play offenses or a combination of both during the pool stage and knockout stage of the Champions Cup will be required to attend a disciplinary hearing.

That’s Lowry’s first warning. Ulster propsman Tom O’Toole banned for three weeks for high tackle against Toulouse

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