NEWPORT GWENT DRAGONS will be without the front-row services of Francisco Chapparo until late April after his 10-week ban for a gruesome tip-tackle on Isaac Boss.
The Argentine received a straight red card for his dangerous dumping of the Leinster scrum-half to the turf last Friday. Boss was concussed, as a result, but is back training with Ireland ahead of their Six Nations game.
An independent disciplinary committee stated, “The offence committed was at the top end of the IRB’s scale of seriousness. In reaching its decision, the committee took into account aggravating factors, including the need for a deterrent for the type of tackle, together with mitigating factors such as the player’s previous good record and conduct at the hearing.”