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Note to Pro12 rugby players: If you blatantly elbow another player in the head, don't appeal

The Dragons captain tried to get his ban reduced… it did not go well.

Landman saw red against Connacht last month.
Landman saw red against Connacht last month.
Image: CameraSport/Ian Cook/INPHO

THERE IS SO much Six Nations to look forward to this week that a disciplinary hearing for a Newport Gwent Dragons player isn’t likely to grab a whole pile of attention.

But we found it interesting that Dragons second row Rynard Landman appealed this blatant elbow on Connacht out-half Jack Carty from the Westerners away win back in February.

Landman appealed on the grounds that the committee ‘had erred in determining that the offending warranted a top end entry point of nine weeks and again in reducing the entry point suspension by just three weeks to take account of mitigating factors’.


As you can see from that clip, a six-week suspension seems pretty reasonable and it is no surprise that the Pro12 dismissed the appeal completely.

Not only that but in a statement they said that Landman must ‘pay the costs of convening the hearing and the legal costs incurred by the Disciplinary Officer in responding to the appeal’.

So Landman hoped to get his ban reduced but ended up having to pay more money out of his own pocket. Sounds about right given the offence and the cheekiness of his appeal.

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