England prop banned for swearing at referee | Sunday Observer

England prop banned for swearing at referee

17 January, 2021
Kyle Sinckler
Kyle Sinckler

Bristol Bears and England prop Kyle Sinckler will miss the start of the Six Nations after being banned for two weeks for swearing at a referee.

He will miss England’s opener against Scotland on 6 February, but will be back to face Italy a week later. Sinckler, 27, contested the charge of failing to respect the authority of a match official at a hearing on Tuesday. However, it was ruled he did direct his “aggressive” language towards Karl Dickson in Bristol’s win at Exeter.

His actions early in the second half of Saturday’s Premiership fixture at Sandy Park were also deemed to have warranted a red card. The former Harlequins tight-head was handed a low-entry ban of two weeks with no mitigation.

But the panel said he was “candid in his evidence as to why he had acted as he did and regretted his actions”.

It also found his actions “disrespected the authority of the referee” and were “in breach of a core value of rugby”. (BBC)