Suspensions dished out to Slater and du Preez

Suspensions dished out to Slater and du Preez

Two suspensions have been handed out following Sale Sharks and Gloucester's Premiership clash last weekend. 

Dan du Preez (3 weeks) and Ed Slater (4 weeks) have both been suspended after they were both cited for incidents in Sale's narrow 19-22 victory at Kingsholm.


Both players appeared before an online independent disciplinary panel last night (6 January 2021).

Du Preez was cited by following the match between Gloucester Rugby and Sale Sharks on Saturday 2 January 2021 for striking with shoulder, contrary to World Rugby Law 9.12 or in the alternate reckless or dangerous play, contrary to World Rugby Law 9.11.

He accepted the alternate charge of reckless or dangerous play and was given a three week suspension by the independent disciplinary panel comprising Gareth Graham (chair) with Martyn Wood and Guy Lovgreen. He is free to play again 26 January 2021.


Du Preez is due to miss the following games:-

  • Gallagher Premiership: Sale Sharks v Worcester Warriors, Friday 8 January
  • Champions Cup: Edinburgh Rugby v Sale Sharks, Saturday 16 January
  • Champions Cup: Sale Sharks v R.C. Toulon, Friday 22 January

If any of the above games are cancelled or rearranged then the player’s free to play date will be amended.

Ed Slater was cited for dangerous play in a ruck or maul, contrary to World Rugby Law 9.20.





Slater accepted the charge and was given a four-week suspension by an independent disciplinary panel comprising Gareth Graham (chair) with Martyn Wood and Guy Lovgreen. He is free to play again on 2 February 2021.

The ban will mean that Ed Slater is due to miss the following games:-

  • Gallagher Premiership: Newcastle Falcons v Gloucester, Saturday 9 January
  • Champions Cup: Ulster Rugby v Gloucester, Saturday 16 January
  • Champions Cup: Gloucester v Lyon, Sunday 24 January
  • Gallagher Premiership: Gloucester v Northampton Saints, Saturday 30 January

If any of the above games are cancelled or rearranged then the player's free to play date will be amended to ensure the sanction remains meaningful. 

 
 
 
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