GUINNESS PRO12 RUGBY: One week ban for Ulster prop Rodney Ah You


Rodney Ah You
Ulster's Rodney Ah You

Ulster prop Rodney Ah You will not miss any Guinness PRO12 matches in spite of being handing a one week ban at a disciplinary hearing on Wednesday.

Ah You was red carded five minutes from the end of Ulster’s 27-17 win at Newport Gwent Dragons last weekend for dangerous charging.

A disciplinary panel in Edinburgh upheld the red card decision and imposed a two week suspension - which is the recommended low-end sanction for the office.

However that was reduced to one week taking into consideration The Irish international’s admission and clean previous record.

A PRO12 statement said the disciplinary panel in Edinburgh “accepted the player’s admission of guilt and upon review of the incident deemed it clumsy and reckless, but not intentional”.

“....the panel also took into account mitigating factors such as the player’s prompt admission of responsibility for the offence, his exemplary conduct at the hearing, and his previous clean record.”

With Ulster ‘A’ playing Leinster ‘A’ at Rifle Park, Banbridge, on Friday, it will serve as the suspension for the 28-year-old.

Ulster are due to return to PRO12 action on Friday, April 7, with a home game against Cardiff Blues.

Roddy Dunlop QC chaired the three-man panel which included other Scottish officials Iain Leslie and John Kirk.