England U20s Hooker Handed Lengthy Ban For Horror Challenge On Ireland’s John Hodnett
England hooker Alfie Barbeary will play no further part in this year’s U20 World Championship after he was handed a 5-week ban.
Barbeary was handed a red card 65 minutes into England’s defeat at the hands of Ireland on Tuesday, after a nasty challenge on Peter Hodnett that could have resulted in a very serious injury.
Luckily for Hodnett he managed to somewhat break his fall and got back to his feet, with Ireland going on to defeat their Six Nations rivals 42-26 in a bonus-point win.
Barbeary accepted that he had committed an act of foul play which warranted a red card. The Disciplinary Committee considered this to be mid-range offending which carries a 10-week entry point. The Committee reduced the sanction by the maximum 50 per cent permitted based on the player’s early acceptance of the red card, apology, clean record and good conduct at the hearing, resulting in a five-week final suspension.
The player is suspended for England’s remaining four games in the World Rugby U20 Championship and his first game of the 2019-20 English season.